Inspired by one of the central questions at the heart of Tamsin Oglesby’s new play, Future Conditional, an esteemed panel chaired by Emily Maitlis and consisting of Tony Little, Fiona Millar, Carly Mitchell, Peter Wilby, and Toby Young will share and discuss their thoughts on what should lie at the heart of education.

Encompassing opinions on every day teaching practice, discipline, parental involvement and wider educational policy, our aim is to create a lively debate on a topic close to many people’s hearts. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Audiences will be able to claim 10% off pre-event drinks and food in Penny, our new artisan café and bar, when showing their Old Vic Voices Off ticket at the bar.

Tony Little was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he was a Choral Exhibitioner and read English. Former Head Master of Eton and author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education, he is Chief Education Officer for GEMS Education, an international schools’ group. He currently chairs a group linking schools in China with the west, is honorary president of the Boarding Schools Association and the governor of six independent and state schools.

Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist specialising in education and parenting issues. She writes a column in Guardian Education and regularly takes part in television and radio debates about education policy. Fiona is co-founder of the Local Schools Network website and is a governor of two North London schools. She also chairs the National Youth Arts Trust.

Carly Mitchell is the Principal of the new free school, Oasis Academy South Bank. After graduating from Manchester University, where she studied English Literature, Carly joined the Teach First 2004 cohort and led the English Department at Key Stage 4 for 4 years. She then joined the Future Leaders Programme in 2008 where she became Assistant Principal at London Academy responsible for English, Key Stage 3 and literacy across the curriculum. Within 18 months, Carly became Vice Principal responsible for attainment and achievement at Key Stage 4. Carly continued in this role for 3 years before being appointed as Principle at Oasis Academy South Bank. The Academy opened in September 2013 with 120 year 7 children and continues to grow year on year.

Peter Wilby was an education correspondent on various newspapers for many years. He was a founding member of The Journal of Education Policy. He later became editor of the Independent on Sunday and, from 1998 to 2005, editor of the New Statesman. He currently writes regularly for the New Statesman and Guardian on educational matters. His article for The Guardian entitled How to break the stranglehold public schools have on Oxbridge entrance inspired a key moment in Tamsin Oglesby’s play.

Toby Young is the chief executive of the West London Free School Academy Trust and the editor of Spectator Life. His books include How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, How to Set Up a Free School and What Every Parent Needs to Know. He is a Fulbright Commissioner and a visiting fellow of the University of Buckingham.

Emily Maitlis is one of the most recognized faces on television news. She is part of the core presenting team on Newsnight, a role she combines with anchoring news bulletins and working alongside David Dimbleby and Jeremy Vine to cover the General, Local and US elections. Emily has worked on documentaries with subjects as diverse as Donald Trump, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barbie, and has interviewed major political, business and entertainment figures including Bill Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, David Beckham and Hugh Grant.

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Tuesday 29 September 2015, 6-7pm
The Old Vic auditorium

Tickets: £5