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Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:20 pm
Academy plan could cost £1.3bn, says Labour

Labour is predicting the government's plan to convert all England's state schools to academies could cost more than £1.3bn.
The party says the figure is based on a Parliamentary written answer which shows the government paid £66,000 per school for earlier academy conversions.
This would leave a black hole of more than a billion pounds in the education budget, Labour says.
The government says suggestions of a shortfall are "completely untrue".
Under the plan, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget last month, all state schools must become academies by 2020 or have plans to do so by 2022.
It would mean every English school being funded directly by central government rather than through a local authority.

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:44 am
Revealed: England faces shortfall of 10,000 primary school places

England faces a looming crisis over primary school numbers as official figures point to a shortfall of 10,000 places across the country within four years.

As millions of parents prepare to receive letters on Monday telling them whether or not their children will be admitted to their first-choice primary school, the government’s own data shows councils across the south-east, the Midlands and the north of England will have more pupils than places by 2019-20. ... ool-places

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:21 am
Local authority schools outperform academies, research suggests

The government’s plan to force all schools to become academies has come under further attack with research which suggests that council-maintained schools outperform academies at inspection.

Analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found that 86% of local authority schools are rated good or outstanding by the schools watchdog, Ofsted, compared with 82% of academies and 79% of free schools.

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Looking only at data drawn from the new, more rigorous Ofsted inspection framework introduced in 2012, the LGA says the figures are even more pronounced, with 81% of council-maintained schools rated good or outstanding, compared with 73% of academies and 79% of free schools.

The LGA claims the research shows that “inadequate” council-maintained schools are more likely to improve if they stay with their local authority, rather than convert to an academy – 98% of council schools improved in their first Ofsted inspection after being rated “inadequate” compared with 88% of academies. ... h-suggests

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 6:36 am
Unions hail scrapping of English academy plans

Teaching unions have welcomed the government's decision to ditch plans to force all state schools in England to become academies.
They said the move was recognition that "one size" did not fit all schools.
Ministers said the government had listened to critics but the goal to turn schools into academies remained.
Schools judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding will now not have to become academies, nor will small rural schools have to join a multi-academy trust.
The forced academisation proposals had been opposed by some Conservative MPs and councillors, as well as by unions and others.
The government argues that academies drive up standards by giving more power to head teachers and allowing them to be more innovative.
Critics have contended that academisation amounts to privatising the education system and say it is simplistic to say academies raise standards.

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:56 am
Taxpayers fund large wages and lavish perks of academy school chiefs

Heads of taxpayer-funded independent chains are making claims that include fast cars, first-class travel and Marco Pierre White dining while schools struggle ... g-expenses

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:26 am
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Couldn't we have predicted exactly this, Jim!