Councillor walks out of meeting over school plan

Councillor Ric Morgan

Councillor Ric Morgan

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A COUNCILLOR walked out of a meeting, claiming he could no longer sit on a committee that presented “betrayal of primary school pupils” as a success.

Ric Morgan left the People Scrutiny Committee held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday night after it approved a plan to tackle the falling number of Southend primary pupils receiving places at its four grammar schools.

Mr Morgan, an independent, said he had “considerable concerns” about the plan and attacked a council press release praising the recent positive Ofsted reports for St Christopher School, Westborough Academy, Eastwood Primary and Hamstel Juniors.

Speaking after the meeting, he said: “The council is failing in its duty to afford our young children their educational rights, as indicated by the very low numbers of Southend children being selected for grammar school places.

“When the committee chose to submit the seriously flawed seven-point-plan I withdrew from the committee but, since that was the last meeting of this administration, there is no point in my resigning.

“I state, however, I would never accept a place on any committee chaired by councillor Alex Kaye, who chooses to trumpet the continued betrayal of our primary school pupils as some kind of success.”

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8:24am Fri 11 Apr 14

rhowes says...

Cllr Morgan needn't worry, as Alex Kaye will not be on the Council for much longer.
Cllr Morgan needn't worry, as Alex Kaye will not be on the Council for much longer. rhowes
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8:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

lucy10 says...

rhowes wrote:
Cllr Morgan needn't worry, as Alex Kaye will not be on the Council for much longer.
GOOD
[quote][p][bold]rhowes[/bold] wrote: Cllr Morgan needn't worry, as Alex Kaye will not be on the Council for much longer.[/p][/quote]GOOD lucy10
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1:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

jayman says...

a councillor who sees the councils administration of southends schools as a farce...
a councillor who sees the councils administration of southends schools as a farce... jayman
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2:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Joe Clark says...

So is he unhappy about the positive Ofsted reports for St Christopher School, Westborough Academy, Eastwood Primary and Hamstel Juniors or is he happy they got good reports or is he just moaning that the council released a press report about it...
So is he unhappy about the positive Ofsted reports for St Christopher School, Westborough Academy, Eastwood Primary and Hamstel Juniors or is he happy they got good reports or is he just moaning that the council released a press report about it... Joe Clark
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2:38pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Joe Clark wrote:
So is he unhappy about the positive Ofsted reports for St Christopher School, Westborough Academy, Eastwood Primary and Hamstel Juniors or is he happy they got good reports or is he just moaning that the council released a press report about it...
Seems to me from reading the article that his concern was not the positive reports you mention, but rather the failure of the press release to properly address the standards in schools at which the reports were not quite so positive. He seems to be one of the few who actually want our schools to improve.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: So is he unhappy about the positive Ofsted reports for St Christopher School, Westborough Academy, Eastwood Primary and Hamstel Juniors or is he happy they got good reports or is he just moaning that the council released a press report about it...[/p][/quote]Seems to me from reading the article that his concern was not the positive reports you mention, but rather the failure of the press release to properly address the standards in schools at which the reports were not quite so positive. He seems to be one of the few who actually want our schools to improve. Nebs
  • Score: 8

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