DfE attacks parents – statement from parents of the Save Downhills campaign
As parents from the Save Downhills Campaign we thought we’d grown immune to insults, but the DfE and Harris Federation have plumbed new depths by insinuating that we physically attacked the school.
Are they referring to the commemorative plaque unveiled after the school was academised? see here The Save Downhills Campaign was made up of ordinary mums and dads. We were the PTA; we baked cakes and helped at the school’s barbecues. Perhaps it suits the Harris Federation and DfE to portray us as hardened political campaigners so that they can vilify our views.
We were astonished at the vitriol Michael Gove threw at us during the 2012 campaign see here and we cannot believe that the DfE and their friends in the big academy chains are continuing this diatribe just because ordinary parents dared to voice their opinions. We spoke out because we liked our children’s school – which was already improving – and we were concerned about the future of our children’s education. And we were right to speak out. Far from the rosy picture painted by Sir Dan Moynihan of Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane, the Academy has shut down specialist provision for the neediest children and now has 60% of its teachers leaving each year. see here