The consultation on the proposed free school for Brighton & Hove, organised by Brighton & Hove NUT, University of Brighton UCU, Brighton & Hove Trades Council and the Campaign for Education in Brighton & Hove, was a success. Nearly 70 people attended including schools governors, a head teacher, serving teachers and lecturers, parents and local politicians. Unfortunately, Labour councillors were unable to attend but, instead, they sent a statement to the meeting that was read out. Disappointingly, the proposed sponsor for the free school – the University of Brighton Academies Trust – refused numerous invitations to attend the event or send a statement. Most importantly, the meeting agreed that the city’s children deserve the very best schools that are available and that changes to the organisation of schools and school places in the city should not be driven by the political whim of Westminster Ministers or bureaucrats. Parents need to be properly and fully consulted and at the heart of decision making. A number of actions were agreed and updates will be posted on this site (and elsewhere). Watch this space!
For now, here’s the report of some analysis carried out by the Campaign for Education that suggests there are viable and better alternatives to a free school in the city: Do we need a new free school in the city?
JOIN THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION WITH CAROLINE LUCAS MP, LOCAL COUNCILLORS, TRADE UNIONS AND THE ACADEMY TRUST:
7pm THURSDAY 18TH JUNE AT THE BRIGHTHELM CENTRE