The arrival of academisation really marked a step up in the ascent of
the role of business in the education sphere. Businesses came to run
Now, a rudimentary bit of education should make clear to any student
(or politician) that business does not get involved in anything other
than to make a profit. The common good has very little role to play for
So the academy model has been used by businesses across the country to get into education and very nicely have many of them done out of it. The schools are taken out of local authority regulation and handed over to business. This often sees the teachers treated as commodities to be disposed of at will. Those at the top of academy trusts reward themselves handsomely, often to the detriment of the teaching staff.
Costs for the academy transfer market have surpassed the £30 million
mark as a record number of academies were rebrokered this year.
Figures released by the Department for Education today show that 307 academies moved to a new trust in 2018-19, equating 3.6 per cent of all open academies in England. This is an increase from 255 last year (3.3 per cent) and 196 in 2016-17 (3 per cent).
Bigger multi-academy trusts have higher per-pupil costs than smaller trusts, a new analysis has found.
The study also concluded that oversight functions performed by academies cost more per pupil than in local authorities and that the English school system is an expensive “muddle” that hits vulnerable pupils.
Academy trusts will be required to complete an annual finance
check-up as part of the government’s push to level up accountability
across all school types.
The self-assessment tool helps trusts check the strength of their
financial and resource management systems. The move to make it
mandatory, at the end of this academic year, will ensure “there is no
area in which we are requiring a weaker accountability of academies than
of maintained schools”, the government said.