Points of view

15th April 2005 at 01:00
While the Education Secretary talks of increasing parental involvement in education, the Education Bill 2005 does the opposite.

For example, it removes schools' duty to provide an action plan to address key issues identified by inspections, making it difficult for parents to check improvement since the inspection.

The Bill also removes the requirement on schools to produce an annual governors' report and hold an annual parents' meeting, depriving parents of opportunities to scrutinise governors' performance raise concerns.

The school no longer needs to arrange a meeting between parents and inspectors before inspections, lessening parents' ability to influence inspections.

Husain Akhtar 26 Wellesley Road Harrow, London

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