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Pass Marks

by | 16th, March 2006

‘HANDS up who understands how the education system works. Come on, show yourselves – answers count towards a GCSE in Government education policy.

‘Do you know you’re finished?’ ‘You humm it and I’ll try to pick it up’

Long gone are the days when pupils went to the local school, and the richer, smarter, more academically ambitious ones tapped into trust funds and scholarship schemes to go to independent schools. Now there is choice.

Problem is, few parents, and we imagine, fewer pupils, know what the choices really are. The only certainty is that you go into the system aged five and emerge aged 18 equipped with all the tools to stay on it the system indefinitely, join the Armed Forces or sign on the dole. The lucky few become professional footballers and return to their old schools as heroes.

But things are to change. As the Independent reports, Tony Blair wants us to adhere to his new Education and Inspection Bill, which champions something called “independent trust schools”.

It’s a Bill full of what the Times’s leader calls “hypotheticals and hyperbole”. It is essential new Labour stuff.

And yesterday, when the Bill was presented to the Commons for voting, it was passed. Just. The Indy say that 52 Labour MPs voted against the Education Bill but Tory support ensured it

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