Cameron's Big Idea on Education - A Hissy Fit
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.