Tony Blair: Labour's third election victory secured the Prime Minister's place in the history books and gave him the chance of radical education reform.
Faith groups: October's white paper will allow churches to create new schools on the cheap, while Islamic schools are being encouraged to join the state sector.
Classroom teachers: Prophets of doom who claimed that schools would not be able deliver on the promise of half a day per week non-contact time were proved wrong when it was introduced in September.
Current teachers: They will still be able to retire on a full pension at 60 after ministers did a U-turn.
Sir Cyril Taylor: the empire of specialist schools headed by "the real education secretary" was expanded to include academies.
Tony Blair: A reduced majority and rebellious Labour MPs put in jeopardy plans to promote choice by creating a new category of trust schools.
God: Academics warned that He is being edited out of religious education lessons to avoid boring pupils.
Headteachers: While PPA cut teachers' workload, heads complained their burden was increasing with extra teaching duties, Ofsted self-assessment and staffing reviews.
Future teachers: Will have to work until 65 to qualify for a full pension.
Ruth Kelly: her push for parent power and rejection of Mike Tomlinson's report on secondary reforms have failed to win hearts and minds of teachers.