Who can really say? The political and educational landscape is constantly changing, which may affect how free schools, investment in coastal communities and local priorities are viewed in years to come.
The time may not have been right in May 2017 but another two or three years, or even just weeks / months down the line, and things can change. Our community must prepare for possible changes by clearly articulating and defining their needs in relation to education and being in a position to respond with a united and robust voice if and when such changes occur.
The role of the Members of Coastal Free School is now changing from one of direct action and application writing to one of ‘facilitation’, whereby their work and experience to date can be drawn upon by others to take a proactive part in seeking ways forward. Very importantly, broad, inclusive and, yes, sometimes difficult conversations need to take place to develop a long-term education plan for the whole of this part of Lincolnshire. The piecemeal and crisis management approaches of the past must be consigned to history.
There are no artificial deadlines or ambiguous criteria to meet. If the community wants things to change, now is the time to step up ……..