It’s been three years since Edward Colston’s statue was toppled, thrusting the Society of Merchant Venturers – the elite club and charitable organisation with a history steeped in the slave trade, of which he was a member – into the limelight.
But for many years prior to Colston’s fall, former teacher and education rights campaigner Christine Townsend was on a mission to fight what she sees as discriminatory practices of pupil selection, starting off with Merchant Venturer-run schools in Bristol.
Now a Green Party councillor, Christine is a thorn in the side of the Bristol’s mayor, Marvin Rees, and many others.
But the Greens are poised to win further power in Bristol at the next local elections. How might this activist (who once stood for mayor herself) move into a position of authority, with all the challenges – and usually compromises – that entails?
Funding reinstated for SEND charity at heart of council social media spying row
A charity representing parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities, which lost government funding after Bristol City Council withdrew its backing, has had the money restored in a major U-turn.
Progress on Bristol’s SEND failings but relationships with parents still troubled, inspectors find
Report by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission says now up to government to decide next steps, as inquiry into alleged social media spying looms.
Bristol councillors vote for independent inquiry to investigate monitoring of SEND parents
Opposition councillors clashed yet again with the mayor and cabinet member for education Asher Craig over allegations of social media 'spying'.
Charities distance themselves from council review into ‘spying’ on SEND parents’ social media
As councillors prepare to vote on an independent inquiry into alleged online surveillance of parents of children with special educational needs, third parties named in an internal report have challenged the council's narrative.
‘We don’t want children leaving school illiterate’: how schools need to step up for dyslexic students
Mike Jones was bullied at school in the 1970s because he couldn't spell his name. Almost four decades later, he developed a program that now helps thousands of dyslexic children learn.