I am a parent in Birmingham with 3 school age children. I am horrified by the rapid privatisation of our state schools via the academies and free schools programme. I was dismayed to find that consultation was to be no more than a tick-box exercise when my daughter's school announced in May 2011 that it wanted to convert. I fought a campaign to save that school and won - for the time-being at least. Now I am campaigning more widely for open and democratic consultation on school change in Birmingham. My campaign group is called Ask Parents First.