Many would agree with me that Kent’s education is a divisive mishmash of privilege and discrimination which is not just about the flawed grammar system.
It’s long been known that in West Kent, grammar schools actively discriminate against the interest of local children who have passed the Kent Test and instead, favouring kids from affluent families across South London.
Last week the “Thanet Heads Group” were suggesting that foster kids are no longer welcome in Thanet’s schools, apparently, so upset they penned a letter to KCC referring to “considerable problems” and suggesting “enough is enough”.
According to an article in last weeks Gazette, Thanet heads do not appear to have been specific or articulated enough to give any compelling (in my opinion) reasons for wishing to deter vulnerable youngsters other than a bland “pressure on services”
Not all Head’s take the same view, to his credit Ian Johnson principal of The Marlowe Academy, was generous and fair with this comment "I don't support my fellow head teachers because these students deserve our support and they are here.
Yes of coarse it’s regrettable that children have to be fostered, it may also be wrong for them to wash up in our part of Kent, however its a issue that is unlikely to change.
Thanet is a tough place to live, local Head Teachers ought to accept the area for what it is, this area is deprived and fostering has become a job for some, which doesn’t imply in my mind that kids are better or worse off in Thanet.
Perhaps if Thanet’s heads are so against teaching vulnerable kids they could get themselves a job in the west of the county, where certain schools quite openly discriminate against the local population and all KCC does is take resources from the east of the county.