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Latest improvement to English state schools: put the oldBill in charge

Discussion in 'Education news' started by BigFrankEM, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-to-set-up-free-schools-for-troubled-children

    Elected police and crime commissioners should be given the power to set up their own free schools to support “troubled children”, Theresa May has announced.

    If I hadn't taken a keen interest in English state education policy (sic) for the last 40+ years I would confidently assert:

    "It can't get much crazier than this."

    Given my specialist subject however, I know to temper the above to:

    "It can't get much crazier than this; until the next lunatic proposal from one of etonDave's ministerial minions in tomorrow's paper."
     
  2. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    Why not get a load of hedge fund managers to work there and show kids "on the cusp of crime" (it hurt to type that) how not to commit multi billion pound frauds and get away with it? Think big, Teresa
    Do you think some mischievous intern is putting something in their tea at Westminster? I mean what are these people on?
     
  3. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    'May cited the example being pioneered by Adam Simmonds, the Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner, who is to open a 1,200-strong free school with a “crime specific curriculum” this September on the site of the county’s police headquarters at Wooton Hall.
    The Conservative politician told the Guardian that his free school was an “early intervention” initiative that would not just take “troubled children” but “young people on the cusp of crime or interested in joining the police”.
    Forensic science would be on the curriculum, which would also stress citizenship and volunteering, and have close links with the police and criminal justice system. It is already oversubscribed, with 800 applications to fill the first year group this September. The school, which is to take children aged four to 18, is part of Simmonds’ “taking a generation out of crime” initiative.'


    I am gobsmacked that this free school is apparently 'oversubscribed'. The whole scheme has been roundly condemned locally - not least because it means the county police will no longer have a HQ in the county town - in fact, any replacement is only a proposal at present. There is a secondary school virtually opposite, and the location is by an extremely busy roundabout (6 roads) linking the town's ring-road to the M1, which is gridlocked at rush hour and frantic at any time.

    And do google Adam Simmonds. Examples:
    'A police and crime commissioner under investigation by a regulatory body has announced he will not stand for re-election in 2016. Northamptonshire PCC Adam Simmonds is accused of disclosing "sensitive" information to third parties in 2013.' (BBC news website)

    'Upon taking office his first action was to email existing staff to say that there was no money left and no jobs could be guaranteed.
    So imagine the public uproar a few days later when
    he appointed 4 assistant commissioners at £65,000 each – one of whom was his election agent and another his press officer! Worse was to come as news leaked out of his seventeen person commission, an increase on the seven people working at the existing Police Authority. One of these jobs was promptly given to the existing Conservative Political Assistant at the County Council!' (Libdem Voice)


     
  4. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    "The home secretary said that the next set of PCCs should “bring together the two great reforms of the last parliament – police reform and school reform”.

    Ah yes, bring back the reform schools. Perhaps we could call them free borstals (although Crime Schools has a nice ring).
     
  5. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Actually, does anyone else find the juxtaposition of ideas here quite bizarre?
    It's an 'early intervention' initiative', to take both 'troubled children' & those on the 'cusp of crime' AND those 'interested in joining the police'!!! And there already over 800 applicants who are interested (and theoretically meet at least one of these criteria!!).
     
  6. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    So this is somewhere they learn about crime or in the context of forensics how not to get caught.
     
  7. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    Sorry, I cannot resist this one. Tazers and battons let me at em - that'll cure the discipline problem. CCTV so when they say they didn,t do it you can prove otherwise and you can always call backup.
     
  8. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    It just confirms that anyone can set up a school these days.
     
  9. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    Whereas, for me at least, it proves that English education policy (sic) is now quite beyond parody.

    Has been so for years and years.
     
  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    That sounds about right.
     

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