(Another) Open Letter to Michael Gove

An all-too-familiar story: bullying and the opposite of democracy. Shameful.

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Dear Mr Gove,

I know you’re getting a lot of open letters these days, but I do hope that you will read and pay attention to them. Maybe it would be a good idea to consider why so many people are upset.

I am writing to express my dismay at the high-handed and autocratic measures that Norfolk County Council is taking to force our boys’ school, Cavell Primary and Nursery School, to become an academy. Yes, the school is in special measures. Yes, it is government policy that schools in special measures should become academies to bring about improvement. However, in this case the school had opted to enter into a cooperative trust with other local schools, who were already working together strongly to share good practice and for the benefit of all schools involved. This approach was favoured by the school, the governors and the parents, who expressed overwhelming…

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