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The DFE has lifted expansion ban on ATT despite the fact that of their 9 academies inspected since they became ATT academies 7 require improvement and 2 are good. They are now looking to expand.

We look at their record

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Hundreds of pupils who marched to stop their school becoming an academy have been given a lesson in Lewisham politics – after their protests were ignored.

Around 400 Sedgehill School students, parents and staff picketed Catford town hall last week, handing in a 1,500-signature petition urging councillors not to remove the current governors and replace them with an interim board

Struggling schools are no better off in academy chains than under local authority control
 
This damning indictment of the academies programme comes from an unlikely source. …

This week the Don Valley Academy has gone into special measures. It is sponsored by the School Partnership Trust Academies. This organisation has been running academies since 2009, so before any new school is allowed to be run by them, surely someone somewhere looks at their record? They run 41 schools, the latest being 5 schools running from September 2014.

convertor academies by year

The headline ‘Status does not make a difference’ is not true. Schools that have stayed with the local authority are showing a long-term trend of improvement, whilst the shine is coming off the academies programme.

la and academy ofsted comparison

For the Anti Academies Alliance, Ofsted is not the final arbiter on the quality of education and it has been much criticised for its role in the academisation of schools. However this week’s data is yet further proof that the programme is not working and must be stopped until a full inquiry into education can be held.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted chief inspector, has hit out at a key plank of the government’s education policy, arguing that struggling schools are no better off in academy chains than under local authority control.

Academies have been blamed for dragging down educational standards in Tameside after it was revealed that just half of pupils attend a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ secondary school.

Inkersall

Hands Off Inkersall Primary School!

Inkersall Primary School is a very large primary in Derbyshire that serves the community for Inkersall. Over 400 children are educated at the school. Unfortunately, the school was deemed inadequate by Ofsted in February this year, and this made it a prime target for the DfE’s academy programme.

We at the AAA have recently been sent copies of two letters regarding academy conversion. Both of the schools involved were Ofsted rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and had applied to convert to academy status. Both have been refused permission to convert unless they become part of a ‘chain’ or multi academy trust (MAT).

Discuss...

  • Janet Downs says: There’s also the question of conflict of interest. ATT awarded an ICT contract to Gaia...
  • Janet Downs says: Council appears to be acting arbitrarily. Sedgehill’s last Ofsted (Oct 2013) was RI but...
  • Inkersall Parent says: We feel we must write, in the interest of transparency and fairness, to point out that David...
  • william haggler says: GFS is run in the interest of the governors. There is precious little accountability at GFS....
  • Janet Downs says: Enabling schools to be run for profit was the intention all along. Michael Gove made this clear at...

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