Local Oversight Of Schools
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24 Jun 2014
The Government has floundered over schools oversight in recent weeks, proving that the nation’s 20,000 schools should not be run from a desk in Whitehall.
What has been happening in certain schools in Birmingham is extremely concerning and the Prime Minister's weak response to the shocking reports is entirely inadequate. People have had enough of pet projects harming school standards while the basics are being overlooked.
Instead of trying to run all schools from Whitehall, robust local oversight of all schools to raise standards, and intervene where necessary, could prevent what happened in Birmingham happening elsewhere.
The right priorities for driving up school standards are required, prioritising new school places in areas where there are shortages and ensuring that all teachers have or are working towards qualified teacher status.