My daughter has just turned one, so I know it's early to be thinking about schools, but a few factors have recently converged for me:
- My politics are left-leaning and I'm furious about the current state of affairs;
- We're new to the area and trying to buy a house we'll want to live in for years and years;
- I've been told that Bristol's state schools are generally poor because there is a high concentration of independent schools here and they're taking the 'cream' leaving the state schools floundering;
- I don't believe in sacrificing my child for my principles, but if we all opted for independent schools, where would we end up as a society?
- I want to believe that education is improving - for the sake of my child and for our society.
I wonder if there's a role for parents of very young children to support our local schools so that things improve for those currently attending and so that we create a legacy that makes change over decades, not just when our children start at the school. I see this as being for our community, not just our own kids. I want to know what I can do to make a positive difference.