Local authority schools outperform academies, research suggests

86% of council-run schools in England rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared with 82% for academies.

The government’s plan to force all schools to become academies has come under further attack with research which suggests that council-maintained schools outperform academies at inspection.

Analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found that 86% of local authority schools are rated good or outstanding by the schools watchdog, Ofsted, compared with 82% of academies and 79% of free schools.

Guardian article here https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/apr/25/local-authority-schools-outperform-academies-research-suggests?

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DfE names high-paying academy trusts

DfE publishes list of MATs and single academies paying six-figure salaries

The Department for Education has published the names of 160 academy trusts it has written to questioning why they are paying six-figure salaries.

Eileen Milner, chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, has written a series of letters to the chairs of mats and single academies trusts asking for their rationale for paying these high wages.

Letters were sent out at the end of last year to single academy trusts paying more than £150,000.

Click here to see the list https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-to-academy-trusts-about-levels-of-executive-pay/list-of-trusts-receiving-letters-from-esfa-about-high-executive-salaries

Full TES article here https://www.tes.com/news/dfe-names-high-paying-academy-trusts

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Twelve teachers quit Thomas Bennett – four days of strikes to come

The figure was confirmed by The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) just as the National Education Union (NEU) announced four days of strike action over job cuts. Teachers and support staff from the school, in Tilgate, will strike on Thursday June 21, Tuesday June 26, Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28.

Read more at: https://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/education/twelve-teachers-quit-thomas-bennett-four-days-of-strikes-to-come-1-8529685

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AAA unwelcomes Betsy DeVos,Trump’s Secretary for Education, at the DfE today!

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Our School

Gamesley Community Primary School, in one of the most deprived areas of the country with many children receiving additional support for health, social and academic reasons, is a success story.  The staff are a hard-working and committed team who want the very best for the children they serve and work tirelessly to provide a safe, enriching and stimulating environment where children flourish. We have the confidence of parents and partner agencies, and the school is held in very high regard in the local and wider community.

The Ofsted Bullet

Our school was inspected by OFSTED on 13th and 14th March this year.  We have complained that the inspection was conducted in an unprofessional manner with an outcome which:

  • Graded the school inadequate and requiring “special measures”
  • Does not in any way describe the school that our staff, children, governors, partner agencies and the wider community recognise.
  • Ignored all positive aspects of the school and skewed/ignored the evidence and facts to make our school fit into a pre-determined prejudice.
  • Provided findings which we believe were prejudiced, inconsistent and unreasonable.
  • Triggered the conversion process to Sponsored Academy; an Academy Order was made before our report was published.

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