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The announcement over the weekend that Nicky Morgan will speed up the process to make schools that are ‘coasting’ into academies, is an about face for the Education secretary. She has previously said that the academy model is not the only model that succeeds. Yet now the message is: “Academies are a ‘better kind’ of school than local authority ones”.
Academy Headteacher ‘steps down’ in Leicester
The Leicester Mercury newspaper announced on 16th September 2014 that Mrs Pat Dubas, the head/principal of The Samworth Enterprise Academy, Leicester’s only academy, had ‘stepped down following poor GCSE results’.
This is a true story about a friend of mine,and a school in inner-city Leeds that deserved better.
The story is intended to debunk the idea, once and for all that inner-city schools are not already staffed with the best teachers or that they are letting down their students. It is also a sad reflection of the damage that privatisation and academisation can do to children and families and school staff especially in deprived areas.
This week Jo Shuter was suspende from her current role and given a lifetime ban on teaching unsupervised after being found guilty of inappropriate conduct at a hearing. Jo Shuter was parachuted into Pimlico school in 2007, charged with the project of turning it into an academy. This was opposed fiercely by staff unions and by parents. Here is a reminder of the furore at the time as the school was handed to Tory donor Lord Nash.
Woodard Academies Trust was formed in 2007 to deliver the academy programme for Woodard Schools – the largest group of private Church of England schools in England and Wales. From their riverside offices in London, the Trust runs five publicly-funded academies in very different parts of England – from West Sussex to North Tyneside via Kent and Stoke-on-Trent. And it looks like all five academies are in trouble.