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Despite improving children’s performance by significantly more than the national average, Gladstone Park Primary School in Dollis Hill, North-West London was rated “inadequate” by an Ofsted inspection in November 2012. This was based on progress in Years 3 to 5 being classed as too slow. However, results for the Autumn and Spring 2012/13 Terms now show that progress across Key Stage 2 year groups (Years 3 to 6) is well above expectations.
In 2010 the newly elected coalition government rushed through a law to allow the Secretary of State to force schools to become academies. So what is wrong with forced academies?
There is huge political pressure for schools to convert. Government is using a ‘carrot and stick’ approach. Over half of secondary schools have chosen academy status, but only about 6% of primaries have done so.
Michael Gove claims that Free schools are about driving up standards and meeting the need for new school places.
The evidence suggests otherwise.