This is worrying. What is the point of electing Councillors if their policies are not enacted.
It does highlight that for certain self-important professional (and unelected) satraps life goes on much as before. I believe that there are many LA officers simply ‘doing their own thing’ – which begs the questions: ‘Why?’ and ‘At the behest of whom?’
Over the past year scores of Primary Schools in Brimingham, all situated in economically deprived areas, have come under intense pressure to convert to sponsored academy status as part of Michael Gove’s drive to expand the number of academies. This pressure, which has been described by MP Richard Burden as bullying, has typically been applied by the combined efforts of a DfE official accompanied by a Local Authority officer. But in May a Labour administration took office, and in July the new cabinet member for Children and Families, Brigid Jones, gave hope to this campaign and to school communities across the city in a letter to Headteachers that outlined a new vision for a co-operative model for the city’s schools. Crucially the model would include as one of its fundamental principles that no school should be forced to convert – the option to stay with current arrangements would be…
View original post 561 more words