We recently held a social mobility summit, where we invited a range of external speakers with differing views to debate issues around education. As part of this event we asked two of our speakers to write independent blogs for our website with opposing views. This was in order to continue the conversation in the areas the conference explored.
One of the pieces submitted, by Toby Young, we disagreed with. We wanted to give the opposing view, so we published Toby’s piece alongside a rebuttal from Sonia Blandford, who has recently written on similar subjects. The aim was to drive debate. But we shouldn’t have published his blog, even with the rebuttal: it was against what we believe is true and against our values and vision. We apologise. Although we don’t want to provide a platform for those views we also don’t want to cover over our mistake, so this note also serves as a record.