SMS hears that the adjournment debate called by Nadine Dorries went well last night – once it is out in Hansard, we’ll put a link up to it here. It should be on iPlayer on BBC Parliament too…
The adjournment debate on Monday 6 July led by Nadine Dorries.
Probably the biggest issue with the argument for change to two-tier is the illogicality of its main premise.
Educational standards are poorer in Bedford Borough than in other similar parts of the country therefore a move to two-tier will produce a step-change in results.
Whether you agree or disagree with the first statement (we disagree obviously) there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that changing school system will do anything other than result in chaos.
No authority has ever made a wholesale change of school system without there being an education mess created for a generation of children, schools and families.
Northampton changed to two-tier in 2005 and is now the worst performing education authority in the country with more schools on special measures and on notices to improve. It is recovering, but very very slowly.
In authorities that have had two- and three- tier existing side-by-side, nobody has produced any credible evidence that the three-tier parts are any better or worse than the two-tier parts.
Schools differ; they all have unique problems; let’s target our resources on the parts of the system that need immediate improvement and not waste public money on fantasies.
We need you to tell other people about our campaign, to encourage them to TAKE ACTION – now, today, don’t delay.