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‘Something must be done!’ cry the Tories saying our children are languishing in ‘failing council-run’ schools . And their ‘something’ is privatisation – the academisation of every single school in England.
A chancellor, even a Tory one, can never be seen to cut funding to schools. Just as in our hospitals, austerity is delivered through smoke and mirrors. The false hope of protected school funding will be swallowed up in rising costs and it ignores a £600m cut in the education services grant. ‘Fairer funding’ may be welcomed in some parts of the country but will lead to even greater cuts in the inner cities.
A South London 16-19 free school won’t be opening in September because the sponsor has pulled out just days after promoting itself with promises of lessons in robotics and trips to the large hadron collider in Cern. Tony Sewell, chair of governors at STEM Academy Croydon Gateway said ‘…setting up a free school is a major undertaking and at this present time we feel that we are unable to commit the level of resource required to successfully launch a new academy whilst also fully supporting STEM Academy Tech City, our existing 16-19 academy in Islington.’