Stories + Views
Osborne releases £125 million for schools that haven’t been opened while existing schools have their budgets squeezed
Mr Gove announced here
“The Chancellor has released through the Budget £125 million of additional capital spending for England. That money is intended to ensure that we have a new generation of university technical colleges”.
So money is made available for schools that don’t exist at a time when existing schools are having their budgets reduced and when essential building work for many schools has been cancelled.
This another expensive initiative which sounds good but has not been properly thought through. Lord Baker wants one of these technical colleges in every city and town – a chain across the country. Has the Government not considered the effect on existing secondary schools when they lose some of their intake after Year 9? And what about the consequences to existing colleges of further education? Doesn’t Mr Gove know that there are 14 year olds already receiving technical education in colleges of FE? FE could expand this provision at a fraction of the cost of providing new schools.
The Secretary of State is like the sorcerer’s apprentice – he’s waved his wand over the education system and is unleashing chaos. And like the sorcerer’s apprentice he won’t realize it until it’s too late.