Dear friends,


Yesterday Cllr Ansar Ali Khan and I met with hundreds of parents who have children at Park View. From that meeting emerged a five-point action plan to see this situation move forward, giving power back to parents.


This morning I met with the Secretary of State Michael Gove at the Department for Education and presented him with a copy of the five-point action plan. The text of the plan is below the photo.





16 June 2014

Dear Michael,


Please find below a five-point action plan agreed this weekend with hundreds of parents with children at Park View Academy in my constituency.


Park View Parents’ Action Plan:


1. Parents stand united in their demand for excellent education for their children, and will not tolerate second best in anything. This shambolic process of recent weeks has damaged their children’s education, especially the media pestering children and parents for comment. The clear message is: give us the space to do our exams!


2. Parents want the chance to take up Sir Michael Wilshaw’s offer to meet them, so that they can cross-examine him on the facts.


3. Although a small minority suspended judgement, the large majority of parents want the governors to resign now so a fresh team of parents can be elected to draw up an action plan to respond in full the findings.


4. The parents want the chance to put together the team that takes the school forward – and not have a new trust brought in from outside.


5. The parents would like back-up from the best in the business – but also from outstanding school leaders who know and serve our community. We know we are blessed with outstanding local education leaders, for instance at Washwood Heath, Waverley, Ninestiles and Small Heath.


Yours sincerely,
Birmingham Hodge Hill