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Education Bill ‘a disappointment’

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Last night at the conclusion of the debate in the House of Commons on the government’s Education Bill Meg Munn MP declared in the Chamber:

 

“This is a disappointing Bill. It will not do what an Education Bill should do - put children and their education first. That means every child. The mantra, “We must trust the professionals,” is not balanced by respect for children and parents. The powers of search are at best misguided and at worst dangerous. No-notice detention is a potential nightmare for hundreds of young carers throughout the country, and it is unnecessary.

 

The approach to exclusions is unbalanced, putting at risk the education of many children with special educational needs. No attention has been given to child protection issues in the Ofsted framework that is out for consultation. While Ministers are publishing the welcome Munro Review on child protection and looking to strengthen that, the Bill makes matters worse.”

 

Meg had been a member of the Education Bill Committee, charged with going through the Bill in great detail in order to sort out any unforeseen problems in the government’s original draft. During the course of the work of the Committee Meg and various colleagues raised a number of questions about how the education system was meant to work assuming the government Bill became law. Unfortunately she felt the government were not in a ‘listening’ mode and very little substantial change was made when the Bill came back to the whole House of Commons.

 

The Education Bill was passed by the government majority and now goes to the House of Lords for deliberation there.  


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