Make a fuss

24th February 1995 at 00:00
I have been so busy trying my best to get the old national curriculum to work that I have probably missed the furore over the wastage of public expenditure on education. What happened when everyone was told that Pounds 650 million was wasted on introducing the national curriculum? What did I miss? Who reported it? What was said? I can imagine someone saying that it would have established state nursery education.

Indeed, why was the supportive work to schools and the credible reporting of Her Majesty's Inspectorate replaced by the Office for Standards in Education? Do we really need to spend Pounds 23 million per annum to tell schools what they know already? Why is no one making a fuss? Indeed, why are people making more fuss over the transportation of animals? Where are our priorities? Is our silence a sign of our complicity? What other positively misguided use of funds for negative support have I missed?

Please put them in banner headlines so that we all take notice. Two books which answer most of these questions are Education Answers Back and SOS: Save Our Schools by Simon and Chitty and Chitty and Simon respectively. Please bring these books to the attention of your readers and help to revive the verve, spirit and initiative of the education service, which seems to have been suppressed and muzzled in much the same way as HMI.

GWYN WEBSTER

Headteacher

Offham County Primary School

Church Road

Offham, Kent

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