Defend Our Schools; Defend Our Community
There is a distinct possibility that Dorothy Barley Junior School will become an academy. If this is allowed to happen there will be massive changes, with no way back, and huge implications for the school’s staff and students. This will mean that it will no longer be part of the family of schools in Barking and Dagenham, a policy fought for and strongly defended by the Authority and virtually all Headteachers.
All staff at Dorothy Barley Junior School have voted to oppose this conversion to academy status, with a group called REAch2 as its sponsor. They are committed to keeping the school under the protection of the local authority, so please join them in opposing any attempts by the independent sector to take control of our school.
· Academies are state funded, but in the independent sector;
· Although funded by the taxpayer, academies are unaccountable to the local community;
· Academies are divorced from any local authority oversight;
· Academies determine employees pay and conditions; these are not though subject to scrutiny;
· Academies can change holiday dates , the length of the school day and staff pay without consultation;
· Academies can set their own curriculum. They do not have to follow the same curriculum, as judged by Ofsted, and followed in other local schools
· Academy sponsors can and often are governors. This can often lead to a conflict of interest, especially if the sponsors company provides services for that school;
· There is no evidencethat Academies offer pupils a better educationthan local schools. In fact only one Academy chain has results that match most State Sector Comprehensives;
· Academies are not democratically accountableto their local communities; they do not have to listen to parents or the public.
· Academies use unfair admissions and disciplinary procedures, to change their school population.
Sign the petition, write to your councillor and MP and tell REAch2 you do not want an academy at Dorothy Barley Junior School.