Following a very successful Conference called ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, demands for an alternative to the government’s education policy are being developed. These will be put together in time for the next election, but could be used from now on by anyone campaigning on educational issues.
The Conference was supported by a range of organisations including the Campaign For State Education, The Socialist Educational Alliance and Comprehensive Future, with support from others such as the Anti-Academies Alliance and the main education unions.
The demands provide an excellent platform for campaigns locally and nationally, and include local accountability to an elected body (such as an LA), the replacement of the current, market-led hierarchy in schooling by a system where schools co-operate and are non-selective, a supportive and non-punitive school inspection system and an ‘arms length’ Education Commission to end the constant meddling of politicians, especially in pedagogy, which is a matter for professionals.
More work will be done to develop these ideas and broaden them to include issues such as governance and local democracy, and a new funding system.
This initiative needs to be picked up by unions, PTAs and governors at a local level. The speeches can be seen here: http://www.campaignforstateeducation.org.uk/pickupthepieces.html
The report of the demands and work in progress is in the latest CASE newsletter which is not yet online, so we will get up a link as soon as it appears. In the meantime you can also check out our Vision for Education on this website, which may help to add a wider perspective.