Since there will be a general parliamentary election in 2015 and there appears to be no ‘official’ left wing visibility on education beyond the usual platitudes, it is high time that the discussion on where education fit for the 21st century should be going was joined by all interested parties. In 2015 there needs to be a groundswell of opinion that the most clueless incoming government cannot ignore, and indeed would adopt as their own. Initiatives like this conference in Birmingham are both welcome and overdue.
On 27th November a meeting was held to discuss the establishment of a Birmingham branch of the Campaign for State Education (CASE). This was supported by Ask Parents First among others. It was agreed by all present to establish a Birmingham CASE group and that the first action of the group would be to organise a Birmingham Conference of Education in early March, the most likely date being Saturday 2nd March.
CASE membership forms were distributed. They can also be downloaded from the national CASE website here.
CASE Birmingham does not have a web presence or email address yet, but that will be coming soon. In the meantime you can contact APF for more information or to get involved.
The next CASE Birmingham meeting will be on 8th January 2013, 7pm, venue to be confirmed.