25 Feb 2015

Parents are preparing to hold a protest in a bid to disband the governing body at a school as it bids to become an academy. Many parents are angry at the lack of consultation and feel they are left with many unanswered questions. They want the process to be started again from scratch.

8 May 2014

Low performing primaries that have been converted to sponsored academies are improving at a slower rate than their conventional state school counterparts, a new analysis of national test results claims.

The figures cast doubt on the effectiveness of the government’s key primary improvement policy of turning schools with poor results into academies.

They also undermine the Department for Education’s assertion that “brilliant” academy sponsors are leading to faster increases in test scores than those in non-academy state primary schools.

20 Mar 2014

Just 11% of English Primary schools are academies, and primaries make up the vast bulk of schools. Clearly Michael Gove has a long way to go to reach his dream, and he is running out of time.

2 Dec 2013

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.

19 Nov 2013

PARENTS in Tredworth have written to education’s top dog in a bid to derail plans to turn St James CofE Junior School into an academy.
The Upton Street school was placed in special measures in September after a damning report by education watchdog Ofsted which criticised pupils’ achievement and teaching standards.
The Government requires every school which goes into special measures to become a sponsored academy – but this has not sat well with parents. They feel there was not enough consultation with them before the decision was made.

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