The trouble is that we have created a monster in suggesting to parents that they have a choice, our can express a preference. Parents and carers listen to the national debate about how bad the education system is, read destructive, unhelpful and superficial OFSTED reports and are moving home and transporting their children out of their communities to get something better...a so called good school. It is interesting, and somewhat reassuring, to speak to the vast majesty of parents and carers who don’t want a choice or to express a preference. Most parents and carers want somewhere their child will be happy, healthy, safe and successful. Most parents and carers want a great primary school in their community.
The only solution to this challenge must be to work to ensure that every primary school is a good school. A good school within a family of schools that work together to understand their strengths and weaknesses, to share what works and to learn together.... sounds a lot like a great local authority in the good old days under Sir Alec Clegg!
And finally… we must stop this bullying, negative and destructive culture and develop intelligent accountability built on empowering, trusting and developing teachers and schools.