The main reason given for change is that educational standards are not sufficiently high, but that these will improve if we change to two-tier.
This is of course nonsense and an argument favoured by salesmen the world over – “Is there something wrong with your life? Buy X and all will be well again”.
Never believe anyone who presents simple solutions to complex problems, especially when there is absolutely no evidence to link educational standards to school structures.
This blog has reported on statistics many times previously – myths associated with GCSE results, KS1 SATs, transition effects, etc – you can use the search box on the right hand side of the page to refresh your memory of these or other linked blogs.
Even if you don’t believe SMS that the statistics presented in the consultation document are one-sided, misleading and inaccurate, you should still be aware that there is no evidence that switching to two-tier will make anything any better.
All the evidence points to the process of change being very painful for children, schools and communities – see Northampton for a critical example.
Councillors should be aware that the first major decision they make over Education in Bedford will mean they are remembered for chaotic and disorganised change.
SMS say that there will not be any gain from change (apart from revitalising the local building economy of course) and that the “gain” is not worth the pain.