New Schools Network: Let parents take over ‘untouchable’ schools

Whatever they may claim, the New Schools Network is effectively an extension of the Tory Party.

Their latest idea for breaking up our education system …..

Parents and community groups should be allowed to take over failing schools, according to a new report from the New Schools Network that has heavily criticised the government’s approach to free schools.

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MAT CEOs tell boards what they should be paid

Governors call for honest debate about whether power in academy trusts is concentrated in the hands of too few people .

Some academy trust CEOs have been telling their boards what they should be paid, rather than going through due process, governors have warned.

The finding, in a National Governance Association (NGA) report published today, comes the day after the Department for Education tightened the rules about how the pay of academy leaders is set.

The NGA document, “Moving MATs forward: the power of governance”, says: “In isolated cases, NGA is aware of trusts that have allowed their chief executive to present the board with proposals for their own pay for the trustees to then decide if this is fair or not, rather than undertaking a due process.”

https://www.tes.com/news/mat-ceos-tell-boards-what-they-should-be-paid

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Academies without parents on boards ‘risk community rejection’

We think – The whole model is wrong and popping a few parents onto governing bodies isn’t going to change that. Remote/undemocratic/exorbitant executive salaries/re-brokering. There’s nothing to like here. We need a Nat. Ed. Service fit for purpose. Not this mess.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jun/28/academies-without-parents-on-boards-risk-community-rejection

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Teacher retention rates are worsening, and 7 other school workforce findings

Academy bosses get paid more than their LA counterparts (but teachers get less!)

Heads earn more in academies – £92,600 in secondary academies, compared to £90,800 in council-maintained secondaries.

BUT, secondary classroom teachers in academies actually earn less – £37,400 in academies, compared to £38,800 in maintained schools.

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The fight against academisation isn’t simply about performance; it is about protecting our communities

The fight against academisation isn’t simply about performance; it is about protecting our communities

One only needs to type in “academisation of schools” into Google to catch a glimpse of the scale of the fight against academisation across Britain. Communities in Liverpool, Essex, Derby, Greenwich, Lewes, and right here in Moulsecoomb, are rising up against academisation. And for good reason.

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