News and events
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).
Hove Park Throws Out Academy Plan
by Natasha Steel, Hands Off Hove Park School campaign
Anti-academy campaigners at Hove Park School in East Sussex celebrated an outstanding …
Members of the Bisham Parents Action Group believe the Royal Borough is on a ‘campaign’ to force the school to become an academy and remove headteacher Jim Cooke, who has taught at the Church Lane school for 29 years.
Parents have written letters to Maidenhead MP Theresa May and launched a petition calling on the council to protect the future of the school and allow the parents to have a say on what happens in the future, which they say has been signed by more than 540 people.
The National Audit Office has warned that despite £382m spent every year on monitoring schools and interventions, there are weaknesses in government efforts to raise …
It is more than a decade since the original academies programme was launched and 8 years since the AAA was set up. The fall of …
ACADEMIES, PERCEPTIONS, STATISTICS & FACTS
Four years after Michael Gove became Secretary of State for Education, and more than ten years after the very first academy opened, some fear that the academies programme has now gone too far to stop. Have most schools now become academies? Has the convertor programme proved popular and replaced the need for sponsored academies? Are primary schools converting at an increasing rate? What does the data tell us?
Inspiration Trust to be investigated
The Observer has run another story about the relationship between Rachel De Souza, CEO of Inspiration Academy Trust, and her work for Ofsted.
At a recent Westminster Forum event – The future shape of England’s school system ‐ academies, free schools and accountability and policy options – speakers from the Department for Education, Local Authorities, schools, academies, Multi Academies Trusts (MATs) and campaigns aired a number of contentious issues.
A story has appeared in the Observer 19/10/14, that looks into the claims that three schools had prior warning of an Ofsted visit. It reveals new emails that indicate that they had prior knowledge of an inspection. They also reveal expenses including a Vera Wang teaset costing £420.
Academy Headteacher ‘steps down’ in Leicester
The Leicester Mercury newspaper announced on 16th September 2014 that Mrs Pat Dubas, the head/principal of The Samworth Enterprise Academy, Leicester’s only academy, had ‘stepped down following poor GCSE results’.