Byrne demands release of Ofsted reports – 3 June 2014

by Liam Byrne | 03.06.14 | in: Communities, Constituency news, Hodge Hill, Local Issues, Local News, National news, Schools, Uncategorized, Young people

 

News from Liam Byrne MP

 

Tuesday 3 June 2014

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Byrne demands release of Ofsted reports

 

Liam Byrne has this morning written to Sir Michael Wilshaw and Michael Gove to demand the release of Ofsted reports into Birmingham schools.

 

In his letter, Mr Byrne described the continued delay of the reports as ‘completely unacceptable’, especially because details continue to be leaked to the media.

 

Liam Byrne said:

 

‘This investigation is now at risk of descending into a complete shambles. The school inspections were completed weeks ago, leaks to the media have multiplied, and quite frankly parents have got a right to know the truth.

 

‘Hundreds of parents now have offers for school places next year. Children are about to start their final term before exams. Yet the uncertainty goes on. Ofsted and the Department for Education are now close to treating parents with contempt’.

 

Ends

 

 

Letter to Sir Michael Wilshaw – Head of Ofsted

 

Dear Sir Michael

 

Ofsted reports into Hodge Hill schools

 

I write to ask you to release the reports into schools in my constituency immediately.

 

The inspections were conducted weeks ago. Ofsted decided first to bundle together reports into many schools and then to release them together. The result was that the completion of the reports was delayed until too close to the elections to allow release during ‘purdah’.

 

I do not believe you can justify further delay.

 

The elections were over twelve days ago. Leaks to the media have continued, these leaks are destroying public confidence in the integrity of the process.

 

Parents are urgently waiting for news, and quite frankly any further delay comes close to treating them with contempt, and as bystanders in decisions in which they are the most important stakeholders.

 

There can be no further excuses. Please release the reports today.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Liam Byrne MP

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill

 

 

Ends

 

 

Letter to Michael Gove MP – Secretary of State for Education

 

Dear Michael

 

Ofsted reports into Hodge Hill schools

 

I write to ask you to do all in your power to expedite the release of the reports into schools in my constituency immediately.

 

The inspections were conducted weeks ago. Ofsted decided first to bundle together reports into many schools and then to release them together. The result was that the completion of the reports was delayed until too close to the elections to allow release during ‘purdah’.

 

I do not believe further delay can be justified.

 

The elections were over twelve days ago. Leaks to the media have continued, these leaks are destroying public confidence in the integrity of the process.

 

Parents are urgently waiting for news, and quite frankly any further delay comes close to treating them with contempt, and as bystanders in decisions in which they are the most important stakeholders.

 

There can be no further excuses. Please release the reports today.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Liam Byrne MP

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill

 

 

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