For the last ten years, I have seen, year after year, parents complaining attainment levels of their children in the inner-city schools of Bristol and they have also found difficult to understand who they need to talk to about these failing schools.
A number of meetings I attended, parents questioned local authority representatives and local councillors on why the local authority or central government are not doing anything regarding these schools that are performing lower than the government expected levels. Most of the time, their questions are either ignored or dismissed by saying these schools are academies and we ‘as a local authority’ have no control over their management. So, what is the prospect of these children who are attending these schools, but who are still waiting to achieve the same results of their siblings who previously attended these schools? Are we collectively saying, it is Ok to fail when you are attending these failing schools? Who is responsible for their failures? Dheeho inta ka hartay qormadaan →