MP joins attack on education proposals
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
CALDER VALLEY MP CHRIS MCCAFFERTY is backing the Alternative White Paper on education which is being put forward by Labour rebels, ex-ministers and normally loyal Labour backbenchers. It is entitled 'Shaping the Education Bill - Reaching for Consensus'.
Calder Valley MP Chris McCafferty has joined senior Labour politicians in publishing their response to the government's Education White Paper. This document offers a basis for discussion in advance of the forthcoming Education Bill.
The prime minister, who has personally backed the plans for trust schools, is facing a serious revolt from Ms McCafferty and others; there is speculation that he will need Conservative support to get the plans through parliament.
Estelle Morris, has already expressed concerns over allowing schools to determine their own admissions policy saying: "Show me a school which has changed its admissions policy to attract more children from poor backgrounds with uncooperative parents. When schools change their admissions policy it is to attract more able children or a better balanced intake."
Immediately following the launch, all Labour MPs were sent a copy of the document and invited to support it as a basis for discussion with the government in advance of the publication of the Education Bill, which is expected in February. A website has been created and Labour councillors and party members will be invited to send in their opinions on the proposals outlined in the document.
More info about the Alternative White Paper
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