Academy Trust chosen behind closed doors

THE DECISION to pair up a failing school with an academy trust has been made behind closed doors.

Waltham Holy Cross school will be run by the Net Academies Trust (NETAT), an email from regional schools commissioner Sue Baldwin to a parent revealed last week.

When the Waltham Abbey based school was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors in March, its future conversion into an academy was sealed under Department of Education rules.

While many parents found the judgement hard to swallow and felt it did not reflect the good work of recently appointed headteacher Erica Barnet, the swift appointment of the academy trust – behind closed doors – left them reeling.

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Academies: The facts against conversion

New Anti Academies Alliance four fact sheet packed with information and arguments against academisation.

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Factsheet as a Powerpoint presentation

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Accountability shake-up means end of forced academisation for poor results

Poor results will no longer lead to schools being forced to become academies, under a major overhaul of the accountability system outlined by the DfE.

Education secretary Damian Hinds will today promise headteachers more clarity about how it will hold schools to account in the future, following concerns that the current system is increasing teacher workload and making it harder to recruit good leaders to schools in disadvantaged areas.

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A fifth of UTCs inspected by Ofsted are now in special measures

Almost a fifth of university technical colleges that have been inspected are now in special measures after a UTC that offers “too narrow” a curriculum was declared “inadequate”.

Today’s Ofsted report for Medway UTC, in Kent, means that five of the 26 UTCs that have been inspected are now rated “inadequate” – 10 times the overall rate for state-funded schools.

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East London academy conversion plans scrapped after 19-day teacher strike

Plans to convert a school in east London into an academy have been abandoned after its teachers went on strike for 19 days.

A battle has been raging over the future of Avenue Primary School in Newham since parents were consulted about plans to covert it into an academy and join the EKO Trust in November.

The decision to go ahead was announced in December, leading to a high-profile campaign by parents and industrial action by the National Education Union (NEU) – including 19 non-consecutive days of strike action – over concerns about changes to staff terms and conditions.

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