The TES is reporting that a school leaders and supporters of reforms introduced by Michael Gove and David Cameron are now calling for a shift in policy.
A group of school leaders, teachers and policymakers has launched a campaign calling for education reforms to focus on areas such as more testing and stronger behaviour policies.
The coalition of “education reformers” (see below) is heavily made up of supporters of the reforms brought in under Michael Gove and David Cameron and includes the likes of Tom Bennett, founder of ResearchEd and chair of the Department for Education Behaviour Group , Dan Moynihan, CEO of Harris Federation and Rachel Wolf, founder of the New Schools Network and former education special adviser to the prime minister.
The group, called Parents and Teachers for Excellence, will push for the government’s schools policy to “move away from structures” and focus more on what happens in the classroom. The launch comes just a week after the government announced its plans to dramatically expand the number of grammar schools in England.
But the group’s founder, Rachel De Souza, chief executive of the academy chain Inspiration Trust, said the PTE was not created in response to the government’s plan.
Dame De Souza said the PTE will argue the case for the government to go beyond their academies and free school policies and focus on boosting the education “for all children”. “The debate was going too far down the ‘local authority schools versus academies’ route, which we felt was missing the point of what we are trying to do in academies and free schools”, she said.
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