The second meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes took place at Westminster Hall on Tuesday 17th May 2016.
The second meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes heard from headteachers that maintained nursery schools should be given the option to convert to academies. Despite the fact that 59% of maintained nursery schools are rated Outstanding by Ofsted and that disadvantaged children at these schools do as well as their peers, far from their success being celebrated, many of these schools are at risk of imminent closure. Although compulsory academisation is off the agenda for now, some local authorities still plan to academise all their primary, secondary and special schools leaving their maintained nursery schools in an anomalous position.
Over 400 Head Teachers, MPs and Governors from across the country were in attendance prompting Graham Stewart to say “The impact of the scale of this response has given this APPG the most impressive launch of any one I’ve ever been involved in.”
Dr Jonathan Roberts, Programme Development Leader, London School of Economics
Dr Julie Vaggers, Headteacher, Rowland Hill NS & CC, Haringey
Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham NS & CC, Newham
Laura Brodie, Head of Centre, Allen’s Croft Children Centre, Birmingham
Lesley Curtis, Headteacher, Everton NS and Family Centre, Liverpool
Annemarie Merifield, Headteacher, St Edmunds NS & CC, Bradford
Mary Groom, Legal Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite, London