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Labour’s schools switch ‘incredible’
IT IS incredible that the Labour Party has reversed its opposition to the setting up of free schools.
An announcement by the new shadow education spokesman, Tristram Hunt, says that Labour will support groups of parents, social entrepreneurs and others should they wish to establish free schools.
There are conditions but the principle remains the same. This is in complete contradiction to the previous education spokesman who said in June that Labour would not open any extra free schools.
Michael Gove will be rubbing his hands with glee, and middle-class parents who pay fees for their children to go to private schools will be able to set up their own free schools and let the tax and ratepayers foot the bill.
We face a gradual erosion of state education under Mr Gove. There is a plethora of schools today that are completely autonomous, deciding their own curriculum, pay and working conditions.
They are not controlled by or accountable to local authority oversight. The emergence of free schools is but an extension of this laissez-faire culture.
However well-meaning parents may be, they are not equipped to take over the running of schools. It is a job for professionals, not enthusiastic amateurs.
Trudie Elliott, Hopgrove Lane North, York.
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