Gazette Article 16: “The Government should stop fiddling around with schools”

Education is “a hostage to fortune to those who wish to make their mark within the five year term of a Parliament rather than setting down a long term strategy for our schools”…

Stephen Mayo

Published in the Brentwood Gazette – 1st January 2014

This month I attended a meeting with the Shadow Minister for Schools, Kevin Brennan MP, at Portcullis House in Westminster that I had arranged on behalf of Brentwood and Ongar Labour Party. I was one of only two in our delegation who had no educational experience.

Amongst our group were a former head teacher, assistant head teacher, head of department and a Professor of technology enhanced learning. Mr Brennan, in contrast to most of his colleagues and peers, spent 11 years as a secondary school teacher before going into politics.

Westminster photoDuring the session I articulated the thought that it might be best if politicians agreed to leave education alone for a set period.

At the moment it seems like a hostage to fortune to those who wish to make their mark within the five year term of a parliament rather than setting down…

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