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Tuesday 27 March 2012

Schools Network governor training

From Roy:

The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (now called the Schools Network) are sending someone to our school to deliver a course to governors on the process for converting to an academy.  I have been invited to attend as a union rep.  Has anyone attended this training, what should we expect, and what is the best way to counter their arguments.

4 answers – add yours below

  1. alasdair said:

    This will be an unashamedly pro-academy training session. By all means attend but make the point that academy conversion is controversial and that, in a democracy, any plans to convert should be subject to proper, democratic and balanced consultation. Ask for a public meeting where both sides of the argument can be put to staff, parents and the local community.

    1 April 2012 at 5:20pm
  2. Janet said:

    The Schools Network is bound to mention its recent report co-authored with Reform, a pro-market think-tank. You can find a critique of the report by following the link:


    6 April 2012 at 10:14am
  3. Robert said:

    I am against the academisation of schools for a variety of reasons. This was the policy of the previous government so let us not forget that. However, one of the key issues here is the poor standards of local authorities which makes themselves vulnerable ad that of all schools conversion or forced. How do we respond? Haringey is one such example and Downhills. If that la was doing what they were supposed to be doing it would now notbe where it is and it has potentially set a precedent. I can see the academisation of las.

    7 April 2012 at 5:14am
  4. Roy said:

    Thanks, very useful, especially the link from Janet.

    12 April 2012 at 10:50pm

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