I am delighted to have accepted Andy Burnham's invitation to join Labour's schools policy review group. I will join a group of advisers, headteachers, teachers and parents who will work with the Shadow Education Team to help them explore what families want from good local schools, and specifically:
What knowledge and skills do the next generation need to be successful in the modern world?
How can we continue to improve standards in English, Maths and Science, but also provide a balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all children?
What influence and control do parents want over local schools and their own child’s education?
How can we create the most professional and highest quality teaching workforce in the world?
I am due to attend the first meeting in the next few weeks. What would be your answers to the questions above? What do you want from your local school? What do you think needs to be done in order to raise standards for all pupils even further?
If you would like to contribute your ideas please feel free to post a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org