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Tory Education Reforms - The Tory Problem

BBC News - Tories' warning on 'free schools'

Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, said funding parents to start their own "free schools" would threaten the budgets of other local schools.

That is a benefit, not a problem.

He said he was not against choice in education, but warned his party must guard against what he called "destructive" rather than "constructive" competition.

And he calls himself a Tory? Competition is always destructive, creative destruction is the engine of improvement...

(A) councillor who runs education services in another Conservative authority in one of England's cities, but who does not want to be named, says he "is not a fan of the free schools policy".
He points out if parents were able to set up free schools in his area - a city with a growing population - it would make strategic planning a nightmare for him.

Excellent - maybe he should get another job then, and hopefully the whole waste that is council strategic planning could wither on the vine.

Can the Tories actually deliver a badly needed radical shake-up of the education system when their own councillors are going to act as roadblocks?


It's going to be a big problem in education and in all the other areas that need major reform and a drastic reduction in state control and meddling. The payroll vote is alive and well in all of these areas and will make itself heard.

I think speed is the key. If they get time to organise, the meeja will be full of tales of cheeeldren being cheated of their edukashun by the eeevil Tories. So strike quickly, get the first parent's schools ready to go for the start of the 2011 school year. Make sure there's a second wave ready for the following year. Announce major cuts LEA funding with the money going direct to the new schools, tell the councils to cut their staff accordingly, push the lefties onto the back foot.

At the same time get rid of the TV Tax so the BBC has more to worry about than filling in its expense claims and trying to find new ways to attack the Tories. Tell them they're going to have to go commercial and to start setting up payment systems for 90% of their output from 2012 when the current licence fee deal expires.

As Churchill used to write on his memos "Action This Day".

The answer to the question in your last paragraph is "No", of course.

They won't try, because they will shy away and give up after the first whinge from the established order. Either that, or water the policy down so much that it will be meaningless anyway; then it can be claimed by the socialists that it has been tried, and has failed.

Oh, and also because they aren't going to win the election anyway, so the matter will never be put to the test.

There are indeed a lot of conservatives, who by definition want things to stay mostly unchanged, in the Conservative Party. Trouble is they are the only party offering any hope of a liberal education policy.
So the choice is between might, maybe if we and they are lucky:- and definitely won't, no way, over their dead bodies.

Can't see *any* issues over money following the child. That puts some control into the hands of those parents who are bothered about their child's education. It would go some way to reminding schools and teachers that the Government is not supposed to be their customer - parents and taxpayers are.

I think there are some massive red herrings being touted about by the education establishment over this plan. There is no need for any school to lose out. All it requires is for schools to stop answering to central Government first and foremost and start answering to a reformed board of Governors of some description, be they parents, charities, businesses, co-operatives, or anything else. They would have to persuade parents or outside interests to get involved. I expect forming new schools to be a very minor occurrence.

Why are they so content to jump whenever Government says so rather than answering to those who have a far stronger and immediate interest in how the school performs?

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