Amend central control
The next government should end two decade of "relentless" centralisation in education, an influential parliamentary committee said this week. Both Conservative and Labour ministers had micro-managed teachers' day-to-day work according to the cross-party Commons schools select committee. It used one of its final reports before the general election to examine the national curriculum, national testing and assessment, accountability structures and teacher training. The MPs reported a "relentless trend towards increased central control" in all four areas. But they also said there were "recent signs that the balance may now be starting to be redressed".