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Hove Park School – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Arguably the greatest success of recent governments is to alienate and pacify communities whilst convincing them they are being empowered’.

A parent of a child at Hove Park School reflects on the campaign to prevent the school becoming an academy.

Hove Park School is doing quite well. We’re not outstanding but we are improving and the school community celebrates that. Indeed the Head takes great pride in the progress whenever he can and in so doing he offers a very strong case for not becoming an academy. If what the school is doing now is working and working well, why on earth change it?

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Academy Schools Disproportionately Serve Wealthy Families

Schools granted academy status by the Coalition government are disproportionately serving pupils from wealthier families, figures obtained by BuzzFeed show.
According to Department for Education statistics, schools granted academy status by the Coalition are taking well under half as many pupils from low-income backgrounds as academies set up under Labour.

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South London Education Question Time

Is OFSTED fit for purpose? Do we over-test our children? Is “phonics” the best way to teach reading? Do we need SATs? Why is there a shortage of school places? Are standards falling in our schools? Can free schools solve the school place crisis?
27th February

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Victory as Dunchurch Infant School says no to academy

Parents have recently received a letter informing them that the governors of the school have voted against the proposal to become an academy with REAch2 as its sponsor.

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The Desirability of Failure?

We shouldn’t be surprised that the Government’s Free Schools programme is failing. Failure is built in to the system: it’s a natural – even desirable – consequence of the English education market designed by Gove and his soon to be ex-advisor Dominic Cummings. He’s the man who implemented the policy while working for the DfE and is now leaving to set up his own free school.

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