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Cameron's Big Idea on Education - A Hissy Fit

Cameron attacks ‘deluded’ grammar school defenders-News-Politics-TimesOnline

His head-on confrontation was criticised privately by some party frontbenchers. “I’m not sure that coming out all guns blazing is [the way] to damp it down. Trying to turn this into some sort of Clause Four moment is unusually ill-advised,” said one.

Although there was no sign of a frontbench resignation last night, MPs said that local party members were preparing to quit.

Mr Cameron is determined not to give ground on the 11-plus but is preparing to offer an olive branch to traditional supporters by announcing plans to toughen discipline in schools.

He will call for head teachers to have greater freedom to expel unruly pupils by removing a parent’s right to appeal against a head’s decision to exclude their child.

He will also say that Ofsted inspectors should have a new remit to report on consistency of discipline policy across a school, to ensure that some teachers are not strict and others soft, leaving children confused over what is acceptable behaviour.

Pathetic - he might be right on Grammar Schools, the cri de coeur of the parents worried about the state of education isn't going to be satisfied by giving Ofsted inspectors another box to tick. People look back at Grammar schools as representing a time when education was better and offered social mobility for the aspiring, the very people who the Tory party should appeal to. If they aren't the way forward, just offering Tony Blair's acadamys as the solution isn't the way the Tory party should respond, it should be putting forward strong radical proposals and not insulting its core members who have stood with the party through thick and thin.



Mr David Cameron's views on how to educate our children seem interestingly different from mine. From what I read, he approves Mr Tony Blair's scheme for "City Academies". That seems to include the following:

The authorities at the £46.4m Thomas Deacon city academy in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, due to open this autumn, also believe that the absence of a playground will avoid the risk of “uncontrollable” numbers of children running around in breaks at the 2,200-pupil school.

I also understand that several local schools are to be merged, to form this 2,200-pupil school, thereby reducing the choice of both pupils and parents (many of whom might think smaller schools and playgrounds should, at least, be on the option list).

The big problem with Mr David Cameron is that, when he produces policies, they have a strong smell of statist centrism about them. This policy is self-labelled as Blairite, just as the many follies of the Blair/Brown years is becoming more widely accepted by the electorate.

Are these wise choices on the part of the Tory Party?

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