More and better schools

One of the most exciting elements of the Conservative manifesto is the plan to increase the provision of and quality of state education.

I have long felt that there will not be widespread and consistent improvement in education while the current system exists. Parents cannot really have choice while there is a shortage of school places, what will be the drivers to improvement is parents have to send their children to failing schools?

The Conservative proposals to dramatically increase the supply of quality school places will mean that parents will no longer be faced with the prospect of sending their child to a school that they’re not happy with. I still find it remarkable that in the modern world of choice, where trivial things can be so personalised and tailored that we still expect something as important as education to be rationed on a like it or lump it or buy yourself out of it basis.

It is clear that I’m not the only one who is impressed with Michael Gove’s plans either.

6 responses to “More and better schools

  1. I think this is one Conservative policy that everybody should be able to agree with.
    Choice is education should be the same as coffee shops, it is important that parents have a real choice with schools reaching saturation point in inner city areas with plenty of spare capacity so that pupils can be moved between schools based on the quality of the teachers as well as the school ethos. Teachers will be in much higher demand for this plethora of new schools and get paid more as a result. Of course many schools will fail but that's not really a problem, we need sink schools to place pupils who are not fit for anything other than prison or the army.

    Why do the other parties insist on spending money to improve existing schools when you can empower parents to start new schools and avoid any blame being attached to government for a massive increase in failing schools?

  2. I think this is one Conservative policy that everybody should be able to agree with.
    Choice is education should be the same as coffee shops, it is important that parents have a real choice with schools reaching saturation point in inner city areas with plenty of spare capacity so that pupils can be moved between schools based on the quality of the teachers as well as the school ethos. Teachers will be in much higher demand for this plethora of new schools and get paid more as a result. Of course many schools will fail but that's not really a problem, we need sink schools to place pupils who are not fit for anything other than prison or the army.

    Why do the other parties insist on spending money to improve existing schools when you can empower parents to start new schools and avoid any blame being attached to government for a massive increase in failing schools?

  3. Failing schools will not be a problem because no parent will be forced to send their school there. That is the whole point about having an increase in the number of schools.

  4. Failing schools will not be a problem because no parent will be forced to send their school there. That is the whole point about having an increase in the number of schools.

  5. This country does not have the space or the funds to have empty schools up and down the country with brand new schools next door.

    Nor is it always possible to switch children between schools like you do with your electricity supplier. Setting up a new school takes many years, by the time the parents have set up a new school the children will be at university.

    Other than this it is an excellent policy which will put vast amounts of new money into education infrastructure, just try not to use PFI like Labour did, that would just be a waste of money.

  6. This country does not have the space or the funds to have empty schools up and down the country with brand new schools next door.

    Nor is it always possible to switch children between schools like you do with your electricity supplier. Setting up a new school takes many years, by the time the parents have set up a new school the children will be at university.

    Other than this it is an excellent policy which will put vast amounts of new money into education infrastructure, just try not to use PFI like Labour did, that would just be a waste of money.

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