Letter: Questionable arguments in support of opted-out schools

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Sir: Having failed by argument and bribe to persuade schools to 'opt out', the Government should now 'intervene to push a sizeable majority into taking the plunge' (leading article, 31 March). So much for local democracy and freedom of choice.

Might it just not be that the majority of school governing bodies in this country, having considered the possibility of grant maintained status, have decided that the best interests of their pupils are served by remaining within the local education authority structure?

Yours faithfully,


Chairman of Governors

Barton Seagrave County

Primary School



31 March