I have no problems with a Labour Cabinet Minister choosing a better school for her child. I do have problems that there is insufficient choice for many under this government.
I would like to see all schools becoming independent, with money from taxpayers sent to the schools chosen by parents up to a reasonable limit, so that all who want a free place can still have a free place, but at a better school with more choice than some experience today.
I also want to see better provision for special needs within the taxpayer financed sector. Conservatives have warned that too many special needs schools are being closed. Some children are better off in mainstream schools, whilst ??some are better off in special schools. Again, there should be the choice for those who rely on state schools, just as there is choice for those who can afford private educaiton.
I was fortunate to win a scholarship to a Direct Grant school from my local state primary. A previous Labour government knocked away that ladder of opportunity for people from lower income backgrounds. It is high time Labour now accepted that we need to remove the apartheid between independent and state schools, by making all schools independent, and by offering payment of fees for everyone who??wants ??that help, up to a sensible limit. Such a change would not only give people more choice, whatever their background, but would also help raise standards.