Ed Balls yesterday confirmed that, from 2011, there will be a £2 billion cut in schools’ budgets and said that he could successfully deliver them.
His solution? Mainly by creating federations of schools, where senior posts are shared across schools and therefore saving money by employing fewer senior non-teaching staff. Also a reduction in bureaucrats, which is always a popular thing to say (and you’ll hear more of that in the run-up to the next general election from all parties I’m sure).
So, from 2011, schools in Bedford will be involved in a massive reorganisation of senior management in order to find the huge cuts that Ed Balls has proposed (or whatever Michael Gove’s alternative is).
The education world will be in turmoil in order to find cuts of this size…and at the same time, Bedford is going to change its schools system?
And all this assumes that BSF funding will survive, and schools will find the money for lower-primary transition…
…and our children, schools and families will all continue happily along their way, gaining improved results?
So what can you do?
Help to vote in a Mayor who has a clear policy to retain and support three-tier education by any means possible – spread the word by email and social networking – “viral” campaigns such as ours can be more effective than leafletting in the modern world.
Encourage others to actively vote for three-tier supporters (with both their votes) and against two-tier supporters (by not voting for them)