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Watch Northants parents hold their noisy protest against academy plans

Phenomenal response from parents to the plan to turn their school into an academy. They’ve requested a binding ballot. Is this too much to ask for? Anyone who believes in democracy should be supporting these inspirational parents. https://www.northantslive.news/news/northamptonshire-news/watch-northants-parents-hold-noisy-4698351

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Local authorities once ran English schools; Covid shows we need them back

The privatisation/academisation/out-sourcing of our schools. Fortunes for the few. Misfortunes for the many. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/nov/10/local-authorities-once-ran-english-schools-covid-shows-we-need-them-back

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‘No one questioned it’: teacher’s tribunal victory shines light on unfettered academy powers

We’ve posted about this case on a number of occasions – thank goodness that the national press has picked it up. A rotten management trying to hide behind the academy veil. Complete admiration for Joanne Lucas and for everyone who … Continue reading

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Future Academies’ governance rules underscore tight control

New: Future Academies’ governance rules say “local governors” can raise any concerns about staff performance to the chair of its local board, who will pass them on to the CEO. Only problem: “local” chair and CEO are the same person. … Continue reading

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Academy Trusts to face tougher financial checks

How many times has this headline been written over the years? A policy, a programme and a system completely out of control. Apparently, however, a ‘financial concern’ is now to be known as an ’emphasis of matter’. A what? https://schoolsweek.co.uk/academy-trusts-to-face-tougher-financial-checks/amp/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&__twitter_impression=true&s=09

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