The Labour pressure group 'Compass' has published its ideas about education.
You can find their report here
It's pretty good. Here is a sample.
Learn the right things in the best way
• Introduce a developmental approach for early years – from birth onwards – focusing on uniqueness, play, exploratory learning and wellbeing.
• Rebalance national and local funding to prioritise early years and family support to give every child the best possible start in life.
• Introduce a new broad and balanced natural curriculum framework that is creative, but has space for local innovation and professional judgement.
• Introduce a new evidence-driven national council for curricula, qualifications and pedagogy.
• Develop a unified baccalaureate award at age 18–19.
Make decisions in the right way
• The next government must encourage and resource a national conversation about the purpose and practice of education. This should take place at every level of the country and involve all stakeholders to result in a national education covenant between national and local government, the profession, the business community,
governors, parents and students.
• Commit to a diversity of models of planning, management and oversight with freedom to experiment within broad national parameters set following a national debate about education’s purposes, standards and priorities.
• Devolve power and resources from top to bottom – from central government down to the local community.
• Introduce self-managed education institutions accountable to the public through democratically run
• The government will focus on a strategic agenda setting and equity role with no more micro-management of teaching and learning.
• Create an integrated department for education and a single funding agency for a coherent cradle-to-grave lifelong learning service, moving gradually to equitable funding regardless of provider.
• The provision of school places will lie with clusters of local authorities – not school commissioners – operating at a scale that supports strategic decision-making.
• Introduce an obligation on publicly funded providers to contribute actively to the design and delivery of local plans.
• Create a new national education council to bring key stakeholders together and report to Parliament.
• Local authorities will take the lead in developing education area plans – alone or in clusters – and be the champion of standards and equality.
• Create new democratic local education-specific strategic bodies – local education boards – to provide strategic oversight.
This has lots in common with the proposals in my book, 'Learning Matters'.
Tristram Hunt is also moving further in the right direction. See this Guardian
There is good stuff here including giving Academies the freedom to opt out of Academy Chains.
I have been arguing for a while of the need to target the Labour Party through LSN and everywhere else that we can. It appears to be working.
Let us keep up the pressure and give credit to the new thinking that is emerging.