IT was gloves off in Solihull Council’s chamber on Tuesday (July 13) as members of Solihull Council rounded upon one another in a heated debate over the government’s strategy for new academy schools.
The ruling Liberal Democrat-Labour partnership, in a motion proposed by Deputy Mayor Councillor Norman Davis (Lib-Dem) Olton, asked the council to write to the Secretary of State, the Local Authority Leaders Board and the borough’s two MPs to “express its deep concerns and to request that serious and careful consideration be given to the impact the proposals will have for every child in the borough bearing in mind the “Every Child Matters” agenda.”
But Conservative opposition councillors opposed the move and pushed for the borough’s outstanding schools to become academies.
Schools including Tudor Grange and Arden have already applied for academy status which would see them setting their own curriculum, pay rates and school terms despite parents not being consulted.
The motion was approved by majority.