Labour delegates vote for plan that would abolish private schools

schools by removing their charitable status and redistributing their endowments, investments and properties to the state sector.

Conference delegates approved a motion that said such a commitment should be included in the party’s next general election manifesto. The motion added universities would be limited to admitting the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population, currently 7%.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/22/labour-delegates-vote-in-favour-of-abolishing-private-schools

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WCAT to be wound up after schools lost £2m in collapse

Schools that lost £2m when an academy trust collapsed are set to find out if they will get any of the money back after the company is wound up.

With liquidation expected to begin later this month, former staff and trustees have criticised management of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT).

They said chief executive Mike Ramsay was paid more than £270,000 while teachers were left “begging” for funds.

Mr Ramsay denies any wrongdoing while at the trust.

Former office manager Kirstie Whipp said: “Anything Mike wanted Mike would get, he always had the best phone, the best laptop, best iPad, we used the most expensive equipment.

“There’d been quite a lot on the news about schools having their funding cut but that wasn’t the impression, I remember thinking ‘what are they all on about, there seems to be quite a lot of money in education’.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-49727901

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Labour conference votes to end academies

Delegates at the annual Labour Party conference in Brighton have today passed a motion that would bring about the end of academies and multi-academy trusts if Labour came to power.

The motion proposes to bring all publically funded schools under the control of their local authority where they would be overseen by “a local education committee”.

https://www.tes.com/news/labour-conference-votes-end-academies

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The motion cites “a series of failings, scandals and collapses” relating to academy schools and MATs, and says they could be “a charter for profiteering”.

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‘We will scrap Ofsted’: Labour makes radical election pledge

Labour is pledging to abolish Ofsted and end “high stakes” school inspections as part of radical plans drawn up before a possible snap election.

Pledging to scrap Ofsted will cause huge debate. While some teaching unions have campaigned for the move, the inspectorate has denied a claim by Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, that it is biased against schools with more socially deprived intakes.

In an interview with the Observer today, Rayner said that England’s schools inspectors were fuelling a crisis in teacher recruitment and failing to give parents an accurate account of school standards.

“We would abolish Ofsted and we would replace it with a different system,” she said. “I believe Ofsted measures poverty. It measures deprivation. It doesn’t measure excellence. And I think Ofsted has to measure excellence. It’s driving these competitive league tables.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/21/labour-we-will-scrap-ofsted-radical-election-pledge

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A Radical Vision for Education

Labour needs a radical vision for education to present to the electorate at the next General election, which will be upon us very soon. In addition to presenting the “idea” of an NES, providing a truly comprehensive and broad education from cradle to grave it needs a coherent road map to show how this will be achieved. The Socialist Education Association has brought proposals to this year’s Labour Party Conference which set out how Labours education policy can move forward, reverse marketisation and privatisation and bring schools back into a truly comprehensive, cooperative and democratic system.  Now is the time.

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