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Tuesday 20 September 2011

What happens if most schools are academies?

From concerned Bristolian:

What happens to a school if all the others in the local authority are academies? Can services be withdrawn and life be made difficult to force you to change? Do the authorites have a legal duty to provide the same services even though it is not as cost effective?

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  1. Jane said:

    The truth is that I don’t know the answer to this. There are some services which the local authority is duty bound to provide and these will, presumably, become more expensive if more schools became academies – that is just an issue of scale. However, there is also evidence that academies are paying more for the services if buying-in outside of the local authority. For example, one academy is paying over 3 times as much for its SIMs licence as it did via the local authority. Another school is being quoted a huge amount for insurance for work experience.

    We are beginning to see local authorities charging academies more for services they provide but also bidding to provide services to other local authorities, presumably to benefit their own school budgets, but to the detriment of the other local authority.

    What is becoming clear is that private companies are the main beneficiaries of the academy programme and that, overall, there will be less money going into the classroom.

    22 September 2011 at 11:37am
  2. helen said:

    If all individual schools become academies-eventually to be part of a chain of schools belonging to private companies- then the logical conclusion is that some schools and even chains of schools will face hostile takeover or closure (with all the personal distress to children, parents and teachers)
    It’s exactly what is happening in the NHS.
    The public are fools to trust the tories with our public services but the tories know how to set one interest group against another and, just as importantly, who to bribe in order to push through their full privatisation agenda.

    23 September 2011 at 11:44am

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