TWIGG, DEVOLUTION AND SCHOOLS
Consultation- part of Labours policy review-how to ensure accountability, while promoting autonomy of schools
As part of Labour’s Policy Review, Stephen Twigg MP, the Shadow Education Secretary, has launched a consultation to ask how Labour might devolve more power from central government, as a means for improving education standards. Twigg believes that the current Government has overseen a huge programme of centralisation in our school system. He says that it is neither desirable, nor practical for so many schools to be directly accountable to no one, but Central Government.
The consultation document sets out the rationale behind the process and calls for ideas for devolving more power locally. It states ‘This consultation aims to examine how we can reform our education system to ensure both the freedom to innovate and manage schools to drive up attainment and success- for all children- and necessary local accountability. That means involving parents, communities, and local government in ensuring that schools play a positive role in local areas, delivering high standards and innovation. Labour will be consulting on the best way to ensure local accountability in education, while promoting autonomy for schools.’
The outcomes of this work will ultimately be fed into the Education and Skills Policy Commission, which considers these areas of policy as part of Labour’s Partnership into Power policy development process
You can respond to this consultation by completing the downloadable form found at this link and e-mailing your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally you can post your form to School Devolution Consultation, Office of Stephen Twigg MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Devolving Power in Education: School Freedom and Accountability
Click here to download the consultation document