Letters extra: Sir Jeremy's sophistry has a hollow sound

2nd April 2004 at 01:00

I was astonished by the lack of connected logic and the undeclared aims of Sir Jeremy Beecham's article ( TES, 20.02.04 ).

After the problems of recent years, it is now clear that national funding for schools will cut local bureaucracy and free up resources, save the time of heads and governors, remove uncertainty and establish transparency and fairness. It is 'simply incomprehensible' that anyone would oppose it.

The main part of the article, however, gave the game away. The anxiety of the Local Government Association is not about fair funding but about power.

Most schools would heartily endorse the idea of collaborative action and flexibility of funding to solve deeply ingrained problems and to serve children better; but they also want funding for their school to be fair, transparent and adequate. That is why Sir Jeremy's sophistry has a hollow sound and is ultimately unpersuasive.

Richard Bird
Casterton community college

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