“Education in Bradford isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse, and that’s barely possible, it’s scandalous and it certainly can’t be allowed to go on. The people responsible have to be held to account,” the Bradford West MP said. “Accordingly I am postponing my scheduled meeting, the Bradford Challenge, tomorrow evening. Neither the man at the top of the education tree, Ralph Berry, or representatives of the National Union of Teachers were coming and there’s no point in preaching to the choir.
“We need a meeting where Councillor Berry and the heads of education are there, teachers and their representatives, all the local MPs – and most importantly the parents whose children are being failed. The council chamber, St George’s Hall, anywhere suitable but that has to happen. There can be no hiding now. This is another shaming result for Bradford and its governance and a terrible blow for hundreds of kids’ life chances. And if those in charge of education refuse then they have to go. We cannot tolerate failing our children any more.”
He pointed out that, apart from the ‘deplorable’ GCSE results, in the latest Ofsted findings Bradford came seventh bottom for secondary schools and for children’s achievements leaving primary schools it was among the worst.