Free Schools ?


by Alwyn Dow

Published in the Chichester Observer, 26/5/17.

The Tory Manifesto proposes that free lunches be abolished and in addition their ongoing strategies for ‘Free Schools’ are taking hold.  An imaginary example is set out below but Labour will continue to offer child centred policies in a fully funded State system for ALL. In theory, what could that mean? In all possibility .......


Our motto is  ‘Floreat St Toryians’ which mirrors that of our predecessor St Trinians and that of a well- known public school.

Our Governors offer skills in business, marketing and IT without the encumbrance of formal educational qualifications at a high level and we do not encourage representation from the elected local authority

Our Teaching Staff may be NQT (Non- Qualified Teachers) if they can demonstrate qualities of leadership and endurance as in the SAS.

Our Curriculum is ‘fit for purpose’ within government guidelines but not hostage to a wasteful National Curriculum that spends too much time on useless subjects like History and Sociology for example.

Our Sponsors are few and we would like there to be more, especially if they fit the rubric set by one of our governors in the creation of this school on business lines adapted to a media age rather than a fossilised view of education based on virtue, learning and manners.

Our Parents and Volunteers. Gone are the days when schooling was left to the experts. We believe that money can be saved if parents and volunteers are encouraged to work on a voluntary basis to replace classroom teachers.

Although the above is supposition, it could well end up as reality. Education is a basic right as well as being the building blocks on which a fairer, happier and more enlightened society are built. Please feel free to do your own research on the subject of 'Free Schools'. Vote Labour on June 8th.


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