National secretary's blog

8 Jul 2014

When Sally Morgan, Labour peer, was ousted as the Chair of Ofsted, she claimed it was a party political move by the current Secretary of State. His current favoured candidate appears to be the multi-millionaire Tory Donor David Ross, Chairman of Carphone Warehouse who leads the David Ross Education Trust. How could he manage the conflict of interest given that his trust runs a chain of 25 academies?

2 Dec 2013

We shouldn’t be surprised that the Government’s Free Schools programme is failing. Failure is built in to the system: it’s a natural – even desirable – consequence of the English education market designed by Gove and his soon to be ex-advisor Dominic Cummings. He’s the man who implemented the policy while working for the DfE and is now leaving to set up his own free school.

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18 Nov 2013

The Conservative party is being asked to consider for-profit free schools after 2015. Groups of parents would form “co-operatives” to run a free school and then be able to pay themselves dividends if the school did not spend its budget. Steve Baker MP, Chair of the public service policy board of the influential 1922 Committee, says without a hint of irony “The people who should own a public service are the people who use it.”

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30 Oct 2013

Gove has indicated that he has no stomach for a fight. He has backed down in the face of sustained and escalating protest.

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22 Oct 2013

Parents at Downhills Primary School in Tottenham caused Ministers to reject advice from their own civil servants, according to a briefing document leaked to the Guardian from the Department for Education. Concerned about the rising cost of forcing unpopular private academy chains on to unwilling communities, DfE officials had suggested abandoning the project.

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