It is time to stop pretending that decisions that will affect the nation's wellbeing for decades can be made on the back of an envelope (or in one paragraph of a leader). In the case of schools, it is a very open question whether there are any benefits in teachers spending (wasting?) time on becoming efficient managers, accountants and purchasing agents when they already have their time cut out as ersatz parents, social workers and even medical advisers, in addition to attempting to keep up with their subject matter, teaching techniques and constantly changing government-dictated requirements.
If we really want to find out what benefits opting out brings, there must be a level playing field; all schools must be equally funded, whether or not they are opted out. Then we can wait a few years, compare performances and reach valid conclusions; otherwise we can't, and the nation will continue going round in ever-decreasing circles.
How about setting the funding levels for all secondary schools at the level of the CTCs as a starting point? That should produce a few improvements.
A. M. HULME
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