Fighting academisation after Covid

Saturday June 26, 11 til 2pm

The Wesley Euston Hotel and Conference Venue

81-103 Euston Street, London, NW1 2 EZ

As we emerge from Covid, how do we continue the fight against academisation? What can we do? What should we do?

This meeting is open to everyone who wants to fight academisation and campaign to build a democratic, inclusive and comprehensive education system. We’ll hear from a range of speakers – from those fighting academisation now, to those who want to know how to fight.

Please register for a ticket (free) because places will be limited.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fighting-academisation-after-covid-tickets-154513942361

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More evidence needed to defend academy trusts pay

The Academies Financial Handbook says executive pay must be “reasonable and defensible”. Trusts paying leaders more than £150,000 have received letters ordering them to justify decisions.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/more-evidence-needed-to-defend-high-salaries-for-ceos-of-academy-trusts/

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‘Untested’ private trust should not take over failing secondary school in Milton Keynes, say councillors

Absolutely disgraceful that the RSC refuses to listen to councillors who are committed to repairing the damage that academisation has done to this school.

https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/people/untested-private-trust-should-not-take-over-failing-secondary-school-in-milton-keynes-say-councillors-3199396

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Former Ofsted chief drafted in to help Pimlico academy head

From the ‘educator’ who’s on record as saying he likes a bit of bullying and low staff morale and doesn’t believe that those who work in schools know what stress is.

Sickening to see his involvement at Pimlico.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/03/former-ofsted-chief-drafted-in-to-help-pimlico-academy-head

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Academies minister questions ‘moral purpose’ of standalone heads

Education secretary Gavin Williamson outlined a raft of policies to revive the academies programme by nudging schools into converting and growing MATs.

Plans include formalising ‘try before you buy’ MAT membership, supporting growth of religious trusts and looking at forcing conversion of long-term ‘requires improvement’ schools (see page 5 round-up).

A Schools Week investigation has established the push to academise comes amid a slump in conversion rates – which started before the pandemic.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/academies-minister-questions-moral-purpose-of-single-school-heads/

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