NEWS FROM THE REDCAR AND CLEVELAND COUNCIL LABOUR GROUP Labour to put resolution to Redcar and Cleveland Council proposing “Community Campaign” against local school privatisation The Labour Group on Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have submitted a resolution, due to be debated at the next full meeting of the Council, calling for a “Community Campaign” partnered by the council against the enforced privatisation of local schools under a new Government measure. This comes after the budget announcement by George Osborne, the Chancellor, that he would be piloting a new Bill to turn all Community Schools into free standing “academies”, a programme he saw carrying on until 2020. The … Continue reading

On Communicating (written a couple of years ago when I’d started as a school governor).

Communicating must be inherently a good thing.  In those terrible stories in the papers where something has gone badly wrong in a school or hospital or social services department, it’s usually caused by a failure of communication rather than a procedural problem. First meeting of the ‘Communications working party’ (there was some attempt to define the difference between a working party and a committee but we abandoned that quickly as the kind of topic that can swallow a whole meeting).  All in all, I was impressed and relieved by what Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Emmerson had to say.  I must … Continue reading On Communicating (written a couple of years ago when I’d started as a school governor).