'Teachers must take advantage of the general election chaos, and take ownership of schools policy'

But first, we need two things: sustainable funding, and to be left alone by politicians, writes Geoff Barton.


Here’s the view from here, 6am on election day 2017.


Amid this morning’s turbulence, perhaps there’s a compelling message for all of us in education. There’s no public appetite for raw ideology. Theresa May’s political gamble has spectacularly failed. And with it, inevitably, the lame populist plan to bring back selection has withered overnight and died.


This is good news for education.


And perhaps, at long last, our political leaders need to realise something simple. It’s that our education system is far better than we are ever given credit for, certainly better than the headlines would have you believe, and is about halfway through a programme of significant reform.


Our schools aren’t yet universally good enough, especially for children in poor and marginalised communities, but frankly, we haven’t finished yet.


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