Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Four new Free Schools for Walthamstow…and no, nobody asked you

Last week it was confirmed that Walthamstow will have four new Free Schools. The Education Secretary Michael Gove, has been sufficiently reassured by the information provided to him by, er, the people proposing to open these schools, to give them the government’s seal of approval.

As we reported, the two proposals we knew about were the subject of precious little, if any, public debate and almost no scrutiny. Two other proposals were effectively secrets until they were approved. This is a travesty of democracy which is made even more unacceptable by the fact that we’re talking about children’s education here.

It cannot be right that people, organisations and companies who want to open schools can effectively conspire in secret to win government approval for their proposals, while shutting out the very people who will be paying for them.

If you get a chance to express your view of the specific proposals at all, it will only be now that the government has given them the go ahead.

Supporters of WFDSS made their views on this farcical and scandalous process known in the local press here. We’d like to know what you think, so feel free to comment by emailing us at or using the comment box below.

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