Everything else is politics

We need more school places. That’s a simple fact.

These places will come from either the expansion of existing schools, or by the building of new schools. That’s a statement of the bleeding obvious.

If money is tight then expansion should only occur in areas where there is need for more school places. That’s fiscal common sense.

If a new school has to be opened then it should be set up by professionals with a proven track record who know what they are doing. That’s an application of knowledge and experience garnered over several decades working in education and industry.

All successful schools should be subject to the same regulatory and accountability regime. That’s equitable and fair.

Schools that aren’t succeeding should be rapidly, and without fear or favour, challenged and changed. That’s non-negotiable.

Everything else is politics.