The recent news that Norfolk County Council has had its proposed ‘learning village’ plans rejected by the Department for Education (DfE) will disappoint some, but shouldn’t come as a surprise to many.
That’s because these past five years Tory/Lib Dem education policy has not been about, as claimed, giving ‘parents choice’. What it has in fact been about is the break up and privatisation of the state education system. If you're interested, have a look here.
Here in Norwich South the overwhelming desire of parents and community as regards the future of Hewett School is being ignored.
At a recent campaign meeting I attended it’s overwhelmingly clear that parents, pupils, teachers and community want to keep their school democratically controlled and accountable.
What they don’t want to see is the school, and the extensive playing field, which belongs to it, handed over to an academy chain.
That’s why I’m so pleased Norfolk County Council including both its Labour and Green Councillors have decided to work together with parents to fight this decision.
Ultimately unaccountable academy school chains divorced from democratic local control and paying their executives and heads grotesquely large salaries, is not the solution to improving our children’s education. What they are, is part of the problem.
As I write Labour councillors are working with County Council staff to block the DfE from forcing through academisation procedures. I’m confident they will use every means at their disposal to achieve this.
But the more support we as a community can show our school the more political weight their efforts will have. That means local parents voting with their feet and choosing Hewett as their child’s first secondary school choice.
Additionally if you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do so here: