21 Mar 2016

‘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.

30 Nov 2015

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.

14 Feb 2015

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.’

1 Dec 2014

The National Audit Office has reported that 976 academy trusts – 43% of those examined in 2013 – disclosed “related party transactions” worth an estimated £71m. Almost £9m of this money posed a risk to public money, it added.

3 Nov 2014

The National Audit Office has warned that despite £382m spent every year on monitoring schools and interventions, there are weaknesses in government efforts to raise school standards. The NAO questions how much the Department for Education knows about problems at school level, in a system with increasing autonomy for individual schools and academy chains.

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