Our existing parent-teacher network can be put right
The confederation has obviously had great problems over the past few years, many of them self-inflicted. On the other hand, after an initial frosty and somewhat defensive response to the report from the Charity Commission, the present trustees have worked hard to meet the 34 recommendations given in the report. They have a will to move forward. Many of the difficulties of the meeting on November 8 stemmed from the desire of some delegates to continue to fight old battles rather than to look to the future.
The confederation has great strengths; it has a strong membership and is financially very sound. As long as it takes swift action to overcome its present problems, I see no reason why it should not prosper. Three obvious issues it must face are: * the appointment of a new chief executive; * serious consideration to changing to an organisation to represent the voice of parents only rather than that of parents and teachers; * the need for those trustees most involved in the current dispute to step down as soon as possible. No matter how blameless they may be, their continued presence will only prolong the bitterness of the argument.
Weston Coyney junior school Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire