21 May 2013

Guest Post from @Brixtonite
In 2002 Jo Shuter took over Quintin Kynaston School in St John’s Wood, north London. Her appointment wasn’t popular with everyone – 100 staff left in her first year, 70 in the first term – but despite such a high staff turnover (which might have raised eyebrows elsewhere) she soon acquired the unofficial title of ‘superhead’ and the approving eye of Tony Blair, who used the school to launch his Children’s Services Green Paper in 2003.

20 May 2013

An academy running four schools is paying its US parent company £100,000 a year to use its patented global curriculum, which has been criticised by Ofsted for lacking a “local” focus.
Aurora Academies Trust insists that the Paragon curriculum is transforming the fortunes of the primary schools in East Sussex. But unions and local Labour activists question whether the licensing deal represents the first step in plans to allow private companies to run schools for profit. Tory modernisers are said to be keen on the idea.

15 May 2013

The 43 NUT members at ARK Globe Academy Elephant and Castle (the Obama Academy – the one he visited with Cameron) will be striking over compulsory redundancies. This is a resumption of earlier action.
The picket lines start at seven on Wed 22 May.

1 Mar 2013

Disgruntled parents have sent a petition to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, demanding that the Department for Education (DfE) stops any attempts to force Calder High School into becoming an academy.