The Independent referred briefly to the free schools conference
but only as a backdrop to other news. A DfE spokesman announced that bids were being sought to set up free schools in DfE buildings, including Whitehall. The identity of the parental group who is pushing for the new schools is unclear, perhaps because there isn’t one, but the spokesman explained the thinking behind the plans:
“The idea is to concentrate civil servants' minds on their "mission" – educating children – as they walk to their offices in the morning,” he said.
I am sure that civil servants will leap at the chance to teach. There would be no shortage of DfE personnel adept at manipulating statistics, so Maths would be covered. And Sir Humphrey Appleby could give pupils lessons in obfuscation and spin while throwing in some ancient Greek and Latin, so that’s politics and foreign languages sorted. But who could offer English and History? Perhaps Ministers will help out here - Mr Gove, maybe? I’ve no idea who could teach Geography, RE and IT, but I’ve marked Mr Pickles down for PE.