Vix Lowthian, Green Party spokesperson on education, addressing the Anti-Academies Alliance Conference
The government has spent more than £23 million on studio schools that have either closed or never opened but the price tag total won’t be known until the much-delayed publication of its final costs.
Twenty-six studio schools have closed or announced plans to close since the scheme was introduced in 2010. In the past week alone, two schools in Stoke-on-Trent and one in East Sussex announced their imminent end.
The small, vocationally-focused 14-to-19 institutions struggled to survive due to low pupil numbers and poor Ofsted ratings, and just 29 still exist with no plans to close. Another four that made it to the late planning stages never opened.
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.
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.
Full TES article here https://www.tes.com/news/dfe-names-high-paying-academy-trusts
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.