Around 100 teachers, parents and education campaigners came to the launch conference of a Charter for Primary Education last Saturday.
The charter aims to put forward a positive alternative for primary education and challenge Tory attacks to the curriculum.
Sue Palmer, a writer on child development, described how teachers are “supposed to solve all the problems of society”.
Sara Tomlinson, a teacher from Lambeth, south London, added “I’m almost scared to turn on the radio in the morning. We’re always being told we’re doing things wrong. But we shouldn’t always be on the defensive.”
Green MEP Jean Lambert also spoke. Workshops looked at the importance of play, defending school history, and privatisation. The conference set up a steering committee to plan future events.