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Tuesday 27 September 2011

Compulsory Academisation

From Roy Bowser:

We have heard The Office for Schools Commissioner has informed the LA that the Secretary of State requires all schools in Special Measures to become sponsored academies. Is this the case?

4 answers – add yours below

  1. alasdair smith said:

    My understanding is that these draconian powers are being proposed in the current Education Bill, but that they are not yet law. As it stands the governing body still have to agree to convert, but this will change when the Bill becomes an Act as Gove will have new powers to direct schools & LAs.

    But the legal position is largely irrelevant. We live in a democracy and we must assert our right to be consulted and involved in decisions about our future. As teachers we know we need to model democratic processes if we want our children to grow up to respect democracy. Gove’s travesty of process rides roughshod over our, and our children’s rights. Stand and fight.

    27 September 2011 at 11:30pm
  2. Steve O'Dare said:

    Cast your mind back to the origins of Academies under the Blair government. “Failing Schools” were then forced to become academies, they were not given the choice. They also had to have sponsors which most surely meant that in effect they were being privatised. If these “draconian powers” are to become law then there will be nothing different to the laws imposing Academy status on schools as was previously exercised by the Blair administration. Why is it so different now and why was there no railing against those powers then?

    7 October 2011 at 3:09pm
  3. Jane said:

    There is a significant difference between the way academies replaced schools before the Academies Act 2010. Before a school could be closed there had to be a specified period of consultation, which could not take place during school holidays. There was a right to appeal to the Schools Adjudicator against the closure. Only then could a school be closed in order to be replaced by an academy.

    The duty to consult widely and over a period of time has been replaced with the pathetic “the
    school’s governing body must consult such persons as they think appropriate.” and the consultation such as it is can take place after the application has been made.

    So much for parental choice!

    7 October 2011 at 5:05pm
  4. concerned said:

    As a member of staff at a primary school who have just found out that they are to become an academy I am extremly concerned. This is an enforced situation by the LEA due to two terms in special measures, despite being told that we have 2 years to come out of it. All of our hard work has almost been for nothing. That is how it feels. The governing body was told that no other option was available even though this option is not yeton the law books. I would welcome any advice on what we can do legally to ensure that our school stays free from privatisation and the draonian measures that will be applied to staff working conditions and the education of the children. As virtually the only school in our county to be subject to these horrendous bullying tactics we do not know where to turn . HELP

    7 October 2011 at 7:48pm

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