Tonight Matthew and Steve discuss the poor state of educational debate in the UK and how teachers are not best served by snapshot inspections and the terrors of audit regimes conducted by senior leadership teams under pressure to ‘perform’. Whilst we acknowledge that accountability and striving for the best we can be are essential, how can evidence be gathered, disseminated and then coached in a developmental manner when there are single modes of data collection and a lack of trust in the profession to self-improve? A tone that is antithetical to learning from each other is set politically through such outpourings as Secretary of State Michael Gove’s extraordinary article in the Daily Mail. Why is he reduced to caricaturing and name-calling opponents of his reforms rather than engaging with the arguments and any evidence that critics might present? A 100 academics who were signatories to a letter in the Independent newspaper warning about the potential dangers of English curriculum reforms, were variously labelled as the “Enemies of Promise”, “Marxists” and characterised as the Blob. Contemporary educational debate does not seem to draw upon any thing we have learnt about what makes good learning. Apparently David Laws made a more conciliatory speech about teachers – can he teach his boss something about public debate?