Chapter 22 about Education in Manchester is now online.
Read chapter 22 Education.
Given that Kath was Deputy Chair of the Education Committee for a year (1989/90) and then Chair for four years (1991-95), this is the most personal chapter of the book. The three main issues were Local Management of Schools (LMS), inclusion in mainstream schools of children with ‘extra support needs’ (ESN), and the high capital costs of repairs to school buildings because of their age. This was the case across the country not just in Manchester. These three issues involved a lot of time and effort in consultations with parents, teachers and the Party, and campaigning to lobby government for more borrowing power.
- A more detailed history of the education legislation changes and their impact in this period is given in chapter 8 of Gillard D (2011) Education in England: a brief history www.educationengland.org.uk/history (also a useful timeline on the same website).
- Education (No 2) Act 1986
- Education Reform Act 1988 and explanation on Wikipedia
- The Children’s Act 1989
- Timeline ‘Extended history of Early Education’
- The Local Government Finance (Supplementary Credit Approvals) Bill Research Paper 97/74 3 June 1997 (download PDF) has explanation of local government finance in relation to Housing but the same applies to school buildings. “Basic Credit Approvals can be used in relation to any kind of capital expenditure whereas a Supplementary Credit Approval can only be used for capital expenditure of the kind specified in the approval.”
- Video clip on YouTube 1993 News Re School Investment
- Manchester City Council campaign video opposing 2 mile rule for schools 1993/94 and highlighting the need for repairs with the ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ music.