A new document setting out a better future for English schools will be launched at an open meeting in the House of Commons at 6.30pm on Wednesday 12th June.

With less than two years before the next General Election, there is an urgent need to develop a new schools framework for a new government. If this is to happen in the way we would like it to, then everyone who believes that this government is undermining the basic principles of state education must make their voices heard in a national campaign for education.

A number of organisations have come together to set out the principles that will need to underpin “a better future for our schools”. The document identifies ten areas where the government is failing dismally. It then sets out the key directions that will need to be followed after 2015.

You can find the full document at http://www.pickingupthepieces.org.uk/betterfuture.html.

Birmingham CASE hopes that the debate around this document will help to clarify what a new government should be aiming to achieve, and ultimately will become the basis of a national campaign for education.

There will be a launch meeting at the House of Commons on Wednesday 12th June from 6.30 to 8.30pm. It is open to anyone with an interest in debating and developing such a programme. Amongst the speakers will be Fiona Millar and Kevin Brennan MP (Shadow Schools Minister).

Make your voice heard, get involved.

  • Send your comments on the document to views@pickingupthepieces.org
  • If you are part of a campaign group and would like to be part of a national campaign for education email views@pickingupthepieces.org.uk
  • Write to your MP about the document. Ask them to attend the House of Commons launch.
  • Write to your local Councillors asking them to discuss how the principles could be implemented locally at council meetings.
  • Use the document as a starting point for debate and campaign in any organisation that you’re involved with whether it’s a campaign group, a political party, a parent group or a trade union branch.
  • Post your ideas on the Labour Party policy review website http://www.yourbritain.org.uk/
  • Tell people about it through Twitter and Facebook, blogs or by circulating the document to your own contacts.
  • Write to the press – local and national – in support of the ideas.
  • Join the Campaign for State Education (http://www.campaignforstateeducation.org.uk and/or the Socialist Education Association (http://www.socialisteducation.org.uk/)

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