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Tonight (Monday) in Westminster, Nadine Dorries MP has gained an adjournment debate on the Bedfordshire School Organisation Review. This happens after normal Parliamentary business and is expected to take place between 9:30 and 10:30pm.
As reported in the T&C last Thursday, Nadine will quiz schools minister Ian Wright.
Nadine said “I want reassurances from the minister that there is no pressure from the government, financially or culturally, to convert to a two-tier schools system.”
“I will also be bringing up points which people have used, wrongly, to call for a change to the education system. I want to show that government funding does not depend on changing our schools, and to challenge the idea that children in three-tier systems are disadvantaged.”
“I will want reassurances that if such a change is to be made we should have a referendum on the issue.”
“It would be a huge change, with huge consequences and lasting effects – the mayor wasn’t elected with this in his manifesto, none of the parties were elected with this in their manifesto, so none of them should be able to decide without asking the people what they want.”
Ms Dorries added: “I have always been a three-tier person. What you see in Beds is good – small is good”
“I love lower, middle and upper schools, and the care that children receive there”
“Yes, there are problems, but for too long the approach has been ‘Well, we’ll ignore this for now, as we will change to two-tier soon’ ”
“We have a three-tier system and if everybody got behind it I am sure whatever issues we have can be addressed very easily.”
On Tuesday, Hansard, the official record of Parliament, will be published, and a link to what happened will be placed here. Look out for it.
We will also ask Patrick Hall MP and Alistair Burt MP for their comments and blog those too.
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