Trust schools can never work

6th January 2006 at 00:00
So the world and his wife agree that Tony Blair's plans for selection by the "back door" are in tatters. What a surprise.

When did Mr Blair last talk to a grassroots headteacher?

Former education secretary Estelle Morris for example. Ms Morris taught in a bog-standard comprehensive.

Heads and governors are not in the business of benevolence to the working classes. They want their schools to have the best results and top the local league tables.

Governors will not admit children from outside their catchment area to "balance society".

The think-tank that dreamed up this latest vision for schools needs to get out more and visit the real world of education in our urban areas.

Tony Callaghan 57 Portland Street Norwich Norfolk

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