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Tory MPs realise that the ban on LEAs opening schools was a bad thing

Discussion in 'Education news' started by phlogiston, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter


    Some MPs in Buckinghamshire have realised that there may be difficulties because the LEA can't open new schools.
    I have just thought of a phrase that involves chickens and roosting.
    Did they think that because they were Tory MPs in an affluent part of the world that the policies they voted for that were imposed on the whole of England wouldn't affect them?
    I'm sorry for the parents and children affected, although many of the parents will have voted for the party that imposed these policies.
  2. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    “Where local authorities identify the need for a new school they are required by law to invite proposals for a new free school and then forward these to the Department to decide on the options."

    This above is what the article says. Shame if no one wants to set up a free school. Pity no thought was give to this possibility. What a nonsense policy.
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    This comment underneath the article sums it up:

    "Public policy requires all children be provided with full time efficient education suitable to their age ability and aptitude. Small state ideology looks to that provision from private suppliers which clearly cannot take local strategic decisions on need and provision, merely whimsy or profitable response to a perceived demand often considerably in arrears. This contradiction lies at the heart of Tory small state ideology and will be the ruin of us."

    The notion that free market principles, which is what this insane policy is based upon - can apply to universal education provision - demonstrates in one fell swoop how daft it is.
    chelsea2 and Yoda- like this.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    To say that we are ruled by donkeys is to insult donkeys.
  5. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    'Leading Tories are demanding change to government education policy and an easing of cuts, amid predictions that councils in Conservative-run heartlands will soon be unable to provide school places for all the children in their areas.'

    Clearly they weren't concerned when children in non-Conservative areas were struggling to get a school place!

    The DfE commented:
    “Instead of scaremongering, the LGA need to ensure they use the funds provided by Government to secure enough places. Councils are responsible for ensuring there are sufficient school places in their area, and we expect them to plan effectively and make good investment decisions.'

    But how can Councils do that if they are at the whim of the Free School providers?
  6. Maths_Shed

    Maths_Shed Occasional commenter

    Hmm. 615 000 extra pupils by 2020 will need 20 000 more teachers, many in places where it is too expensive to live unless you are an investment banker. Could get interesting.
    Godmeister likes this.
  7. Godmeister

    Godmeister Occasional commenter

    I wonder when they'll acknowledge there might be a problem?
  8. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Is there room at the foot of Middlemarch's stairs?

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