Campaign for Real Education (CRE)

Formed in 1987 by 14 parents and teachers, we campaign for higher standards and more parental choice in education.

The CRE is neither of the Left nor of the Right and it is not affiliated to any political cause or party. It is funded entirely by voluntary donations.

Since its foundation, members of our executive committee have advised both 10 Downing Street and the Department for Education. We have, also, been represented on a number of government advisory bodies.

Whilst in office, both a schools minister and a secretary of state have chaired or addressed CRE meetings. Prime ministerial praise for CRE members is a matter of public record.

The views of the CRE have long been regularly sought and reported by most major media outlets in the UK and by many from around the world.


CRE Newsletter Summer/Autumn 2024 | Issue 114


  1. Editorial | Restoring Respect for Teachers and Schooling
  2. CRE Education Manifesto for the next General Election
  3. Educational propaganda and cultural self-hatred: A personal view by Dr. Piers Legh
  4. OECD PISA Assessments - The Fuller Picture
  5. Myths of Empire: Essential reading for teachers
  6. Around 90% of Schools are 'Good' or 'Outstanding' and Still iImproving - True or False?
  7. New guidance on teaching Relationship, Sex and Health Education
  8. Observations on the contrast between teaching in South Korea and England
  9. No Comment

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CRE Newsletter Archives:

You can view every issue of the CRE newsletter, in our Newsletter Archive section here.

At the heart of the debate!

Over the decades the Campaign has been contacted by thousands of parents, teachers and academics who share our concerns. Many UK media outlets report the views of the CRE or carry articles by current committee members.

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Here are some of the UK media outlets that have covered the views of the CRE:

BBC TV and Radio, ITV, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 TV News, Sky TV News, The Times and The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Express, The Sun, Metro, The Sunday People, The Daily Star, The TES, The Yorkshire Post, LBC Radio, Talk Radio, NME, Christian Today, Study Breaks, Liverpool Echo, People’s World, Pink News, Huffington Post, Yahoo Lifestyle, The Cambridge Student, Schools Week, Free Radio, Cornwall Live, The Sunday Post.



The CRE is, and always has been, a voluntary organisation, totally independent in nature and free from any political affiliations. The work of the CRE is as important today as it was when it was founded in 1987. Set up by Nick Seaton and his colleagues, they worked indefatigably to highlight and campaign against worrying trends in British education. Sadly, Nick passed away in 2012. We wish to continue to honour Nick's hard work.

We do, of course, incur certain costs such as the maintenance of this website. We are entirely dependent upon donations from our supporters. Any contribution you may wish to make, no matter how big or small, will be very gratefully received. Your contributions enable us to fight to bring common sense back into education.

Please download our 'Support us' pdf form,
from here, to make a contribution.

Many thanks
The CRE Executive Committee


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Chairman: Chris McGovern.  Tel: 07757 715145.  Email: [email protected]
Vice-Chairman: Katie Ivens.  Tel: 07990 997215
Treasurer: Dr WAD Freeman. Email: [email protected]
Secretary: Alison McRobb. Email: [email protected]