Join the debate, sign the petition
This week, we have launched a petition on the government's e-petition website, outlining a number of key proposals relating to the establishment of a new College of Teachers. Central to this is the requirement to uncouple education policy-making powers from the short-term concerns of the party political electoral cycle, and transfer them into the hands of qualified professionals. To explain the thinking behind this petition, there is a series of five blog posts on our blog site – Pedagog In The Machine.
An idea that has come of age
Separating education policy from party politics is not a new idea, or even a radical one. In their 2010 manifesto, the Lib Dems had a policy to implement an 'Education Freedom Act', which promised to 'free education from political meddling'. The fact that one of the major political parties had such a policy in their most recent manifesto suggests that this is an idea that has *almost* come of age. Let's take this opportunity to give it a final push!
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