GR Comment: ”Parent governors have an important role in LA schools as they are seen as approachable by parents in dispute with a teacher or the headteacher regarding the education or treatment of their child. As a retired head I never had a problem with this. A parent governor accompanying a parent to a meeting with the head can and should be very positive. In the LA system an Education Welfare Officer (EWOs) could often usefully also be involved. Parent governors They have never had this role in Academies or Free Schools, which have never had truly independent governors of any sort. Neither the LA nor EWOs have any right of representation in Academies either.
The Head, under the direction of the Academy Trust or chain is all-powerful. They already get away with all manner of dealings with parents and pupils that would be unacceptable in an LA school, where the parent also has resort to their elected local councillor. These have no rights of representation in Academies or Free Schools either.
It is all part of the unfolding of the Global Education Movement, a powerful right-wing plot to control schools, pupils, parents and education system as a whole. It needs to be opposed by all sections of society. It aims to replace proper education that empowers with coercive training. See”
GR Comment: ”The government tries to paint a picture of the former Local Education Authority managed English education system as left-wing teacher driven radicalism imposed and supported by local government. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most English schools remained staid institutions that had changed relatively little since the passing of the 1944 Education Act that established the principles of the post-war British education system. The character of local schools was influenced, but never controlled, by Local Education Authorities (LEAs). This was exactly the intention of the cross party coalition government’s 1944 Act. A uniform national framework of schools was created within which diversity on the basis of elected Local Authorities was encouraged, with freedom from government interference deliberately built into the system. This was in part a reaction to the then recent sinister history of state control of the school curriculum in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
It took the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 to begin the dismantling of this consensus of non-interference in schools by governments. She is on record as stating that her greatest regret was not getting rid of ‘left-wing’ LEAs much sooner. However belated, Kenneth Baker’s free market Education Reform Act eventually did the trick, with the new centralised powers further exploited by the 1997 Blair government. We now face an education system entirely managed and controlled from London by an ideologically obsessed government. Teachers have now largely become downgraded to educational operatives charged with ‘delivering initiatives’ at the whim of the personal prejudices of the latest government Minister and the sponsors/owners of the new Free Schools and Academies, be they powerful individuals, private companies, pseudo-charities or faith-based religious organisations.
Make no mistake, this is a powerful global neo-liberal conspiracy that has direct parallels to the Stalin era of the Soviet Union.
But does it have parental and public support? Despite the lies and unrelenting Labour and Conservative government pro-Academy propaganda uncritically circulated by the media, I very much doubt it. A parental revolt could be in the making.”