This article is reproduced by kind permission of FORUM, Vol 56, No 2, 2014.

Over the past four years the UK government has made significant progress in transforming the state education system.This transformation has its roots in a longer term restructuring of education. This article argues that in order to counter this attack, we need to build a movement around an alternative vision for education. Further it argues that the Stand Up for Education campaign, through posing five key demands and a three-strand strategy to campaign for them, provides an opportunity to outline an alternative and build such a movement.