Lots of good things have happened over the past decade. As a state school head of 13 years, I know that school buildings are much better than they have ever been; we have invested heavily in teacher training, producing a far greater standard of trainees; and there has been a recognition that support for head teachers matters in the drive for improvements.
But the bottom line is that our schools have lost their focus — there is a muddle about what schools can and should do.
Education is not a “children’s service” — it is about raising aspirations and life chances.
Daily Telegraph 24/11/2009