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08.15 Social Market Foundation with The UK in a Changing Europe

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Does Britain need a deal with the EU?

Should Britain exit the European Union with or without a deal? Join our panel to discuss.


With the latest Brexit deadline looming and the political pendulum still swinging between deal or no deal, join the SMF and The UK in a Changing Europe to discuss whether Britain needs a deal with the EU. Why has getting a deal proved so polarising? Is leaving without a deal now the only option? And will Britain thrive or decline if it opts to exit with no deal? Refreshments: 08:15; Start time: 08:30.

15.00 Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F13

Can we solve the mental health crisis in school hours?

Over 80% of teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years. But what can schools do to solve the crisis?


More than eight out of ten teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years. According to the LGA, there are more than 560 child mental health cases every day. And many are warning of a mental health crisis. The Government has said it plans to incentivise and support schools and colleges to identify and train a designated senior lead for mental health. But what is the role of schools and can they solve the crisis?


08.15 Social Market Foundation with The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL)

Manchester Central : Exchange 4

Delivering on promises to Further Education

Boris Johnson has promised that FE will be a Conservative priority. Join us to hear how government can deliver on this promise.


Successive governments have neglected further education, in favour of higher education. Boris Johnson has made a bold promise to do better for FE and the people who rely on it. How can the government deliver on this promise? What should a thriving FE sector look like? Join us to discuss how government, business and education providers could work together to better support FE, its learners and its leaders. Refreshments from 08:15, event begins at 08:30.

16.00 Social Market Foundation and Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F13

Why the Conservatives need a new story on immigration

Immigration policy is high on the national agenda, but with the electorate’s views shifting, does the Conservative stance on this need a rethink?


With the Conservative Party under new leadership, is the Party ready for a new narrative on immigration? Since the EU Referendum in 2016, the electorate’s opinion on immigration has been shifting – does the Conservative Party’s current approach to immigration reflect this? And can Brexit provide a fresh opportunity for a more sensible conversation about immigration policy?

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