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Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall, Liberal Democrat)

I thank the Minister for his comments in that more lively debate about our respective positions, which has woken us all up on a Thursday morning. As I said in a previous debate, there are different views between the parties—sometimes on the Government side of Committee. All parties are determined, however, to get the provision right and to ensure the freedoms for schools that we have discussed. I absolutely support everything that the Government are trying to do to show that we trust head teachers to get on with doing the job of running their schools. In this instance, it is even more important that the supporting body around the head teacher looks at some of the strategic overview issues, but not at operational and management issues, which the head teacher must drive. It is crucial that we get it right, so I welcome the Minister’s comments that he will look again at how to reflect the important role of local authority governors.

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