As countries break – for what is a very well deserved and atypical holiday – there is a period of reflection as to what has happened. Similarly, now is the time to take stock and recognise the positives and analyse the things that did not go so well and plan how to avoid some of the issues. The Chair of the International Commission on the Futures of Education at UNESCO recently stated that “Now is the time for public deliberation and democratic accountability. Now is the time for intelligent collective action.”  In a report published last month they outlined nine ideas for public action. The first of which we think is a very important idea that should be adopted by all governments, namely “Commit to strengthen education as a common good. Education is a bulwark against inequalities. In education as in health, we are safe when everybody is safe; we flourish when everybody flourishes.”