We are pleased to announce that Comprehensive Future have made two new appointments. Joanne Bartley has been hired as our new campaign support worker, while Michael Pavey has been appointed as our Parliamentary Support Officer on a short term contract.

Joanne Bartley’s previous experience as a Marketing Manager, will be invaluable in helping us develop our social media strategy and gain press attention. As the mother of two school age children in Kent, she has personal experience of the problems caused by selection in her community. She has already proved herself an excellent advocate for non selective education as chair of the Kent campaign group, the Kent Education Network.  We are sure her experience will further our aims of fair admissions and an end to selection by ability and aptitude.

We are also delighted that, thanks to a generous contribution from a supporter, we have been able to appoint Michael Pavey as our Pariamentary Support Officer.  Michael, who was until recently advising the Labour front bench on early years policy, will be concentrating on parliamentary and political liaison in the crucial months ahead, as the government begins to shape its policy on selection. Michael grew up in selective Lincolnshire, and the damaging divide of the 11-plus led to his interest in political campaigning and social justice. He is a Brent Councillor and school governor at Wembley Primary School.

We feel sure that Joanne and Michael will strengthen our campaign in the coming months as we fight the government’s flawed and damaging plan for new grammar schools. Our campaign will work to ensure all new schools are comprehensive schools with fair admissions.