We have seen many changes in the organisation of schools and teaching and learning in our time. Some changes have been beneficial, some neutral and some detrimental. The most effective changes are those which are allowed to mature and evolve in the long term. The proposed wholesale, sudden, structural changes will benefit the already privileged and be catastrophic for the rest. The notion of choice is a chimera. It will be the schools and their management who make the choices in the vast majority of cases, as they do now, but in the future unconstrained by national and local regulation. The idea of introducing competition as a mechanism for improving standards in education and health is as fundamentally flawed under this government as it was under the last. Competition only works where there are losers as well as winners. We cannot condone a system which will see the children who have least losing even more.
Support for local schools is essential. We also believe that support of local schools for each other is also vital. Where there is more than one school serving an area the alternative to competition is a collective, cooperative care for all the children in that area.