Might Labour hand RSCs’ powers to councils?

It wouldn’t be the reversal of academisation but it could make some sense of a confused schools system, says Ed Dorrell

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66 academies approved by Regional Schools Commissioners to transfer to another trust.

Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy schools were waiting to be re-brokered at 1 September 2018.

Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

As at 1 September 2018, there are 66 academies that have been approved by Regional Schools Commissioners (RSC) to transfer to another trust.

Academies may transfer to other trusts in a range of circumstances. In some cases, RSCs may be intervening due to concerns about academy performance. In other cases, an academy may be moving trust as part of an agreed voluntary arrangement. Although transfers are agreed in principle, some may end up not going ahead for any number of reasons.

Information on transfers that have occurred during the financial years 2013/14 to 2017/18 is published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/academy-transfers-and-funding-england-financial-year-2017-to-2018.

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May defends Tory record on schools

Theresa May has defended the Conservative’s record of “keeping standards high” in schools in her speech to her party’s conference.

Speaking in Birmingham today, the prime minister used her address to attack the policy Labour announced last week of blocking the creation of new free schools and academies.

She said: “In our schools, we are keeping standards high.

“And where Labour want to roll-back reform, scrap academies and kill off free schools, we will build more of them, because every child reserves a great start in life.

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Tories disagree over restoring failing academies to councils

Regional schools commissioners should be allowed to rebroker academies back to councils if they can’t find another trust to sponsor them, according to the man in charge of education at Damian Hinds’s local council.

Stephen Reid, a Conservative councillor who serves as executive member for education and skills on Hampshire County Council, said the option should be open to RSCs to “approach the council” if an academy trust fails and a school is left orphaned.

Tories disagree over restoring failing academies to councils

 

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Local governing bodies in academies shouldn’t hold trustees to account, says sector expert

The role of local governing bodies in schools is not to hold trustees to account as they exist to execute the board’s overall vision, an academies expert has claimed.

Leora Cruddas (pictured), chief executive of pro-academy group Freedom and Autonomy for Schools, said governors on local bodies for individual schools in an academy trust are actually “committees” for the trust, and not mini-boards.

Speaking this morning at the annual conference for ICSA the Governance Institute, when asked about LGBs challenging trustees, Cruddas warned against a “local authority mindset” in which schools were used to querying council decisions.

Meanwhile, a senior member of the National Governance Association warned some trusts are misleading LGBs into thinking they will have autonomy within the trust, when they actually won’t.

Local governing bodies in academies shouldn’t hold trustees to account, says sector expert

 

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