Thanks to all who came to Bromham Village Hall last night. After avoiding keep fit and weddings, we did pretty well to have an open debate with both sides represented in the discussion. We had opinions from parents, teachers and governors.
We have now run 10 public meetings, with a combined audience of around 750. The 6 council-run public meetings probably had about 1000 in the audience overall. Many schools have also run their own consultation meetings for parents with a variety of messages being conveyed. One individual who attended all 16 meetings decided last night that a beer was called for.
The blog also made it through the 17000 mark and I’m expecting the green shield stamps next week sometime…hopefully.
One important point that came out of last night’s discussions was the lack of any “revenue” budget for restructuring. This is critical as in big restructuring projects, revenue costs soar. We already know that the primary programme is underfunded and will have to be covered by borrowing.
We already know that the lower to primary switch would be underfunded, resulting in many schools not receiving sufficient money to build permanent classrooms, and certainly not replacing the facilities that middle schools provide.
We also know that schools will become building sites, with “Bob the Builder” being as ubiquitous as “Terri the Teacher” during the years of change.
This process could drag on for years – we all know that over-large public projects fail because they are too complex. In fact small projects fail for lots of reasons too.
If a change to two-tier goes ahead and begins to fail, the architects of this change can move jobs…our children will be stuck with chaos for the whole of their school careers.
Help us fight this damaging proposal by contacting your local councillor today.