Around 150 people came to an Education Question Time in south London on Wednesday of last week.
The meeting discussed the purpose of education, the impact of Tory education policy, tests in schools and the upcoming teachers’ strike.
Professor Gus John said education policy in Britain has been “arse about face for many decades”.
“When I look at Tristram Hunt and compare him to Gove, I see very little difference,” he added.
Primary school teacher Jess Edwards won applause when she explained why she would be striking on 26 March.
“It’s not just about us,” she said. “It’s about the future of the children we teach.”
A lobby of the university governors meeting was set to take place on Wednesday of this week.