An education Bill to be unveiled in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday will create a set of pupil and parent “guarantees” for the first time – outlining what families can expect from the state school system in England.I think families (the ones that care, that is) already know what they can expect from the state school system in England.
And I can’t see this Bill changing their minds…
This includes one-to-one tuition for pupils struggling in the basics, five hours of PE every week, the right to “high quality” cultural activities and a promise that all schools will promote healthy eating, active lifestyles and mental wellbeing.And who is going to pay for this? Where are you going to find the time in the already hectic and stuffed-with-pointless-gimmicks curriculum?
In a hugely contentious move, parents will be able to complain directly the Local Government Ombudsman if schools and councils fail to meet the guarantees.Oh, that’ll go down like a lead balloon with the teaching unions. Boy, Labour must be really, really confidant of their votes, eh?
It prompted claims from head teachers’ leaders that the proposals would turn into a “whingers’ charter” and open the door to litigation.Well, of course it will. You can’t even claim it is an unforeseen conclusion, considering how the disability legislation has led to situations like that of the ‘school phobic’ boy, can you?
A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: “…This simply will not lead to a flood of court cases against schools…"It will not. Because they say so.
Well, I know I’m convinced by that. Anyone else?