Who is lobbying who in the DFE?

Fiona Millar's picture
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This is a good find. A new website devoted to telling us who is lobbying who in the UK. Checked out the Education pages and they were instructive although not altogether surprising. Take  Lord Hill  here. The Parliamentary Under Secretary for Schools seems to have had a lot of meetings and they are nearly all with free school and academy sponsors. It reads as if the maintained sector doesn't exist. Maybe it is time we asked for a meeting?
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Fiona Millar's picture
Fri, 20/05/2011 - 21:58

Just seen that Lord Hill had six "catch-ups" with the New Schools Network in the last three months of 2010 . Definitely time he caught up with the Local Schools Network.

Francis Gilbert's picture
Fri, 20/05/2011 - 23:59

Yes, I agree, especially since Free Schools currently constitute 0.02% of schools, and the maintained sector is 90% approx of schools!

Janet Downs's picture
Sat, 21/05/2011 - 14:11

The whole DfE website is a publicity outlet for academies and free schools so I'm not surprised that Lord Hill has spent most of his meetings with academy chains, the New Schools Network, free school groups and the like. Perhaps someone should tell him that a Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Schools should have an interest in all state schools and not just a few. Time to remind him, perhaps?

Sarah Dobbs's picture
Sat, 21/05/2011 - 06:44

Poor loves.
Must be way to busy with all of those big business folk pestering them to get round to anything about teaching and learning......

Allan Beavis's picture
Sat, 21/05/2011 - 07:30

Well, if this doesn't prove that there is a grossly unfair division of resources - both human and financial, then I don't know what does. Backbench Tories are apparently against big business running or influencing schools but it looks as if Ministers are keeping their options open. Local Schools Network should definitely request a meeting

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