History events at the IHR

Alex Bloom - pioneer of radical democratic state education

01 May 2014, 17:15 - 19:15

Event Type: Seminar


Professor Michael Fielding (Institute of Education London)


Alex Bloom was from 1945-55 headteacher of St. George-in-the-East Secondary School, Stepney, in the heart of London’s tough East End. His work established him as one of the great 20th century pioneers of radical democratic approaches to education that exemplify a lived commitment to the values and practices of participatory democracy in every part of the school’s daily practice, governance, and role in wider society. Yet, despite international acclaim on his death in 1955, Bloom is now virtually unknown. This paper presents some of the key issues emerging from my Leverhulme funded research which not only seeks to (a) tell a richer story than any existing account of Bloom’s work, but also seeks to (b) answer questions to do with how Bloom was able to do what he did within the English state system of education.

Venue: Room G21a (Ground Floor)

South Block, Senate House 
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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