If you live in Brentwood, Ongar or Harlow you will have been forgiven for missing the front page story in last week’s Observer. Due to distribution issues, the paper was unavailable to purchase here last Sunday which may have come as a relief to prominent free school supporter and local MP, Eric Pickles.
It was revealed that, in the wake of high profile damning Ofsted inspection reports of some new schools opened since 2011, the DfE were considering action to avoid further embarrassment for the Secretary of State and his advisors by intervening to prepare ‘free schools’ for future inspections. The story is available via this link:
This is clear evidence that political, rather than educational, outcomes are paramount to the current regime and that even distortion of independent inspections is deemed acceptable in the promotion of the free school programme. Transparency and accountability are once again the casualties.
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