A video nasty for Halloween and beyond
What the Tories are planning for education is still dominated by academies and free schools, with the academy programme seen as a magic bullet for school improvement – and David Cameron's article in the Telegraph of August 14th did not mention grammar schools. The best guide to the plans remain an obscure but revealing video issued by the coalition in March 2014 which announced a 'School Revolution' – a phrase previously used only by the Spectator – two thirds of which was devoted to academies and free schools.
Still available on the DfE web site and YouTube, its philosophy underlines the Cameron reforms, though his right wing would prefer grammars and important gestures to them are happening. However the objectives set out in the video remain the touchstone for Tory policy and this video nasty is vital viewing – particularly on Halloween, though alas it will remain relevant when the pumpkins have been shredded, unlike the policy.
THE SCHOOL REVOLUTION is the theme of the new SOSS briefing, which is now available FREE via the SOSS website. This analyses five key problems for this academic year – the School Revolution itself - the myth of the self improving 'opt out' autonomous 'free' school – the drive to turn schools into exam factories – key shortages notably teachers and school places – and the uncertain future of a system driven by politicians.
The briefing can be obtained FREE by emailing enquiries(at)soss.org.uk.
After Halloween, the nightmares will grow worse!
Trevor Fisher, convenor SOSS.