Does Greenwich Labour back free schools?
One of the strange things about local politics in this area is that nobody knows what the party in charge actually stands for, apart from in elections every four years. Unlike their colleagues in, say, Southwark, where they hold conferences and talk to people, Greenwich Labour gets more inward by the year. For example, there’s lots about Nick Raynsford on its website, but precious little about the council it’s run for 41 years. Wonder why that is?
Which is why this tweet from Labour big gun Lord Adonis raised an eyebrow. He’d been to a do for the Greenwich Free School – based in these portable buildings at the foot of Shooters Hill – and emerged impressed.
Spoke at inspirational launch of Greenwich Free School. Half its teachers ex Teach First. Nick Raynsford MP and local council backing it—
Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) September 21, 2012
Backed by the council? Since when did our Labour council decide to back one of the coalition’s most controversial schemes? I imagine a few local members won’t be happy about that.
At least healthcare cabinet member John Fahy, was quick to wash his hands of it.
For the record I do not support free schools. Available resources being spent by Gove on his pet project is wrong.—
Cllr John Fahy (@Cllrjfahy) September 22, 2012
As for the rest of them, heaven knows. Maybe there’ll be some answers at tomorrow night’s council meeting (Woolwich Town Hall, 7pm, should you fancy it).
Back on the Shooters Hill Road, though, and the Greenwich Free School is planning to refurbish the old nurses’ home at Adair House for next year. In the meantime, take another look at that banner at the front – it seems that teaching spelling might be a bit of a challenge.