I am a parent of a reception child in a state school which is rated as outstanding in most aspects and very renowned locally. The Head has decided to take up a post within an expanding private chain, mostly secondary schools but with a primary on the way elsewhere, to build up their primary education concerns.
I would be a fool if I did not see a pattern emerge here and am worried, as a few others are, that he might have an eye on his school for the chain. At the end of the day there is reduced funding available for primaries who opt to stay in the state sector and locally there are two blossoming private chains who are promoting primary academies. It might not take much for several schools to give up the fight and opt to take the money.
As a parent I feel extremely depressed at the future of education in the UK. I have three very young children and do not know what is ahead for them. I am also saddened by what I see as no real opposition in government, but almost rubber stamping. The London Labour party issued campaigning leaflets for Ken Livingstone for Mayor in this years elections.Campaigners stood outside local schools and gave them out to parents. The leaflets said they were specifically for 'parents'. I was so incredibly shocked however to see that there was absolutely no mention of education in the leaflet, comprising two pages of A4.
If campaigns like this refuse to even register education on its ' family' agenda, , then what effective opposition is there to whole scale privatisation. The recent Guardian article almost also made me want to give up the ghost on this whole fight.
Why does Labour not want to address this issue?