Ten years later, the School Standards and Framework Act abolished grant-maintained schools, allowed ministers to intervene in failing schools and signalled a massive expansion of nursery education.
Luckily, the Education bill announced this week will not create such waves.
Most of the measures, such as three-year budgets, are technical changes that have already been announced several times. It is, in fact, a typical pre-election Bill from a government anxious to show it is busy without alienating too many voters.
Schools tired of constant change can breathe a small sigh of relief. But, after 10 Bills in the seven years since Tony Blair was elected, is it not slightly curious that we need any new legislation at all?