Not accountable

12th May 1995 at 01:00
The submission by the Association of Grant-Maintained Heads (TES April 28) shows that they have understood nothing about accountability, democracy or fairness. Many heads of opted-out schools will disagree with the Jurassic Park tendency of the organisation.

Maintaining a funding agency destroys local accountability, a national funding formula would prevent money being allocated on need and will be discriminating in favour of the advantaged and 100 per cent control of budgets would mean relying on market forces to deliver special needs services, school music tuition and curriculum support services such as outdoor centres and advisory staff.

Labour's approach supported by almost all Conservatives and Liberals in local government is based on a genuine partnership which means developing local management.

The fact that 99 per cent of governing bodies have just voted not to ballot for opt-out shows that there is no support left for this divisive experiment.

The maintenance of comprehensive education does depend on schools not being responsible for their own admissions. That is why the position of the opted-out heads is untenable Graham Lane

Chair Education committee Association of Metropolitan Authorities Humberstone Road London E13

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