Anne McElvoy in todays Evening Standard thinks that the shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg, has got his priorities wrong. Twigg said that the first duty of an education secretary and “what gets him out of bed in the morning” is ” to ensure that every child has a place at one of their local schools”.
No, it isn’t, says McElvoy ‘It is the first duty of the person in charge of the nation’s schools to make sure that local schools are as good as possible.’
Without wishing to be a pedant, its the duty of the local authority to ensure that every child has a place in a local school ,and not the duty of the Secretary of State.(Local education authorities must find a free school place for all children who are ‘of compulsory school age’)
Besides ensuring ‘quality’ and ‘equity’ in the education system seem to be the banners under which education reformers are now mustering.