Mr Slater refers to Labour's overt intention to supplant educational ideology with a dedication to "what works", and shows how the plan to base policy on research findings has collapsed due to the refusal of many academics to engage with policy-makers.
What we need are politicians informed enough - and brave enough - to assert a thorough educational philosophy so that educators know what they are expected to deliver and consumers know what they can expect to receive.
If the Government is to provide a clear rationale behind its policies, it needs to give academics the time to think. And, for their part, academics must fulfil their responsibility to engage in policy-making.
Rebecca Greeves Magdalene College Cambridge