Describes what could be done under existing laws to rehabilitate academies and what
legal changes might be necessary.
PETER DOWNES: We need a national, evidence-based formula that reflects the needs
of pupils and the activities expected of schools with LAs empowered to make local
adjustments to achieve fairness, viability and a coherent locally accountable system.
PETER MORTIMORE: What’s worth fighting for? A system that serves the needs of the
majority of our children - rather than the advantaged - and which creates future
citizens likely to promote a good society.
TIM BRIGHOUSE: 1. We need to restore the balance a) between the political and the
professional and b) between national and local management of education.
2. The curriculum should have national, locally determined and international elements
and the only external examinations should be set for eighteen year olds.
3. All state funded schools should be defined by a single, national, democratically
accountable legal framework.
Shadow Secretary of State for Education