Friday, 18 June 2010

Calling all loonies! Want to open a school? Tell Michael Gove why, in no more than 200 words

A strange briefing this morning where Education Secretary Michael Gove explained is plan for Swedish-style "free schools" springing up across the country.

I have to admit there is a slight suspicion that it is a chance for pushy parents and frustrated teachers to indulge in an ego-trip in setting up their own school. Lots of talk this morning about allowing an “invocative ethos” to permeate.

As the invitation was thrown open to anyone wanting to set up a school, we were given the application form, which included the above section, asking someone why they want to open and run a school – a school! – in no more than 200 words.

You have to give more information to run the London Marathon.

Mr Gove stressed though that extremists need not apply. Phew.

1 comment:

  1. I think you are being a little harsh. This form presumably is just the start of a longer process. However, if a really hefty form was the starting point then civil servants would be tied up for hours rather than able to sift out those who would not be appropriate quickly.