“As serving Haringey Head Teachers we condemn the proposals of the secretary of state to force some of our schools to become sponsored academies. We reject this model for any of our schools since we believe that it is a totally untried and unproven way of delivering school improvement. We believe that any forced changes, which are not supported by parents, community, staff and governing bodies, spell disruption and conflict in our schools.
We fear that schools will be forced to spend the academic year embarking upon, or fighting, this project, instead of focussing on standards and pupil outcomes. We also believe the selection of our authority and the seemingly random identification of schools has been arbitrary and politically motivated.
We expect the local authority to end all communications with the DFE regarding sponsored academies.”