Twigg avoids the question


Given the rapidly changing education landscape and the current debate about the relationship between local authorities and schools, it was disappointing that Stephen Twigg, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, failed to set out the Labour party’s position on this key issue.

When he spoke at the Labour Party conference, he acknowledged that all decisions about education should not be made by Whitehall.  He also said Labour will “restore a partnership between local and central government”.   He gave no details about how this would be achieved or what he saw as the local authority role.

Further, he said he wants “every school to have the freedom to innovate”.  Surely this is no different to the current Government’s policy that will lead to all schools becoming academies.

Obviously we will have to wait a bit longer to see how Labour policy differs from that of the Coalition.


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