Every parent wants the best possible education for their child. For those of us lucky enough to live in the British countryside, being able to send our younger children to a local village Primary School remains a valuable and precious opportunity.
Many of our rural schools are rightly judged to provide excellent academic education. But smaller class sizes, individual character and charm, connection to our local communities and the caring and nurturing environments within the schools themselves provide something which goes far beyond the standards which can be measured by Ofsted.
All of this fantastic diversity, local character and sense of engagement with the local community is under threat. This is not a political issue – it is a fact. Successive governments have promoted policies which apply business models to education in an attempt to make it more efficient and to produce economies of scale.
But in the end, no matter what else happens, cuts to budgets translate into a loss of service – and nowhere is that more apparent than in education.
We pay for education, that is true. But we have little or no say in how education is provided.
This site is dedicated to helping parents get the information they need to see things from the other side – to understand what is really going on, why their schools are under threat and what has to be done, and done quickly to protect them before they are swept away by a tide of academisation, federation and structural integration.