Why it is time for Labour to put an end to the academies programme once and for all

EARLY 20 years since their controversial introduction by New Labour in the early noughties, academies continue to see scandal after scandal appear in both local and national media.

As it stands, around 70 per cent of secondary pupils and just over 24 per cent of primary pupils attend academies. Local authorities sadly no longer have the power to build new schools where needed and any new school built must be an academy with permission given by central government.

Yet despite both the constant fiascos and evidence to show that the academy model doesn’t work, we live in an age where schools are passed around like commodities without the slightest bat of an eyelid.


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