The government has cancelled plans to give MPs time to debate funding of schools after the budget statement next we...
The government has cancelled plans to give MPs time to debate funding of schools after the budget statement next week, amid further signs that John Major's agenda for promoting a radical education policy is becoming unstuck, reported The Guardian (Nov 25, p6).
Education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard's offer yesterday of 'a level playing field' between self-governing and local authority schools was seen as further indication that she is resisting Mr Major's drive to boost the opted-out sector and widen the gap between Conservatives and Labour.
Devon education authority is asking Mrs Shephard to intervene in a row over plans to turn a top comprehensive, South Dartmoor Community College, into a grant-maintained school. If she upholds the authority's complaint that biased information is being sent to parents, she could suspend the ballot now underway. Parents are split on the issue, while governors voted 12-4 in favour of opting out.