Academies if we want them

I have been lobbying the government not to proceed with mandatory introduction of Academy status for all remaining Local Authority schools. A number of local people have written to me with objections. I do not think compulsion for all is the right approach. I will be having further meetings and conversations about this next week in the expectation that the government will amend its proposals.

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3 Comments

  1. Antisthenes
    Posted April 23, 2016 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    When Labour destroyed our education system they did so by compulsion. So when we repair that damage should not that also be by compulsion. Although I get the point that not all grammar schools were lost but are still severely restricted. So perhaps some leeway on compulsory academies should be contemplated. If only to compare their performances.

  2. Sir Graphu
    Posted April 23, 2016 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I have been told that when a school becomes an academy it has to take on the pensions liability of all non-teaching staff. This isn’t something any organisation should be forced to take on. This is not something which should be the responsibility of a headmaster unless he is prepared to take it on.

    • Antisthenes
      Posted April 24, 2016 at 6:27 am | Permalink

      Why should they not take on the pensions of all of their staff? If they do not then they will act in the same way state run education and other bodies do. They will stuff them with non essential staff that sucks money away from front line services. The whole point of academies is for them to be run sensibly and for the students not employees which state run bodies never do.

      When people wake up to the fact that the state is the last place that should provide services and goods then our education and health service and others would actually be provided at a quality and at a cost that is optimal.

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