After what feels like years of domination of the education debate by the Gove-ites - sorry, it's still a useful shorthand - it finally feels like the mood is shifting. So many of the Coalition's policies have proved inadequate or plain worrying - from failed free schools to the growth in non-qualified teachers to the damaging diminishment of local authorities to unacceptable levels of teacher workload; despite encouraging noises on this latter issue, there has been little more than a token response from the government. Cheeringly, Labour seems to be growing in confidence in putting forward alternative approaches to many of the problems and possibilities in, and of, our schools.
So now is a good time to think a little more deeply about the issues facing the next government and join in the conversation about what should happen now; at the National Forum on education, being held tonight at 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm at the Logan Hall, UCL institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1.
The Forum has been organised by the New Visions for Education Group, a large and loose network of educational experts who have put together a document ( also called 'What's Next for Education?'- available at the door) on what a future government should do.
There are some great speakers lined up, including David Bell, Tim Brighouse, Owen Jones, Helena Kennedy, Estelle Morris and David Puttnam.
Please come down to the Logan Hall and join us.
Admission is free, doors open at 5.15 pm.