On 8 April Sebastian James produced his extremely overdue report on schools capital (having originally promised an interim report in September 2010 and final report in December.
So far the government have made absolutely no response to it - nor undertaken any consultation with local authorities or schools about its contents. Here we are in July 2010 with absolutely no idea of the arrangements for capital beyond March next year or what Michael Gove thinks of Sebastian James suggestions.
And yet Partnerships for Schools (soon to be defunct) are running a conference this coming Friday about the implementation of the proposals at which the outgoing and incoming chairs of PfS will be speaking along with Sebastian James himself. No invitations were issued to this conference to local authorities as far as I'm aware so it's unclear just who this forum is intended for! Will this be another response slid out onto the website with no notification that we will have to discover for ourselves?
When will this government start talking to the people who are actually engaged in trying to make the education system in this country work and who still have involvement with the vast majority of schools remaining as part of the local authority family of schools? When will they start exercising the same transparency themselves over the capital funding of Academies and Free Schools as they expect from local authorities? When will they stop pretending to be interested in local decision-making and accountability while removing any democratic accountability from the education system and centralising increasing numbers of powers to the Secretary of State.
And why is Andy Burnham silent on all of this - can it be embarrassment that his party opened the door to this disastrous chain of events?