The letter of “no confidence” from primary school headteachers to Suffolk County Council is yet more evidence that the council is failing to get a grip on educational problems in the county, writes David Ellesmere, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich.
The trigger has been a series of “Warning Letters” to schools saying that they must improve – but without giving them any help or support to do so.
Heads simply don’t believe that the County’s Learning and Improvement Service will make any difference. What used to be a popular and well-regarded service has now been hollowed out by year on year cuts from Conservative councillors.
It’s hardly surprising that the County’s actions have succeeded only in angering and demoralising schools.
There used to be a joke office sign: “The beatings will continue until morale improves”.
This currently seems to be the principle behind the County’s educational policy.