Education is undergoing unprecedented change at every phase from early years through primary and secondary to FE and beyond, and in every aspect from structure to curriculum. We need a forum in Birmingham where these changes can be discussed and the case for a fair, egalitarian, democratic comprehensive education can be made. That is why we are proposing to set up a Birmingham branch of CASE – the Campaign for State Education.
CASE ‘believes that all individuals are entitled to high quality and properly resourced education, fostering life-long enjoyment of learning and enabling them to live free and fulfilling lives in a diverse, multicultural society. This is best achieved through democratic and locally accountable partnerships working in a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation.’ CASE has been campaigning for these principles since the 1960s – see the fuller statement on the CASE website. The CASE website carries regular briefings on policy developments.
We would like to invite you to an initial meeting in the Council House on Tuesday 27 November at 7.30. Come along and share your ideas about what a CASE group, open to all who share CASE’s aims and principles, could do in Birmingham.
We hope to see you on the 27th. In the meantime, please spread the word to anyone else you think might be interested.
Please also see PickingUpThePieces, a conference in London on November 17 which CASE is organising that will feature guest speakers Peter Mortimore, Peter Downes, Tim Brighouse and David Wolfe.
Richard Hatcher and Sarah Barton
On behalf of Birmingham CASE supporters