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Academy Cons on the back of a fag packet

Discussion in 'Governors' started by neddyfonk, May 2, 2016.

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  1. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Established commenter

    Apart from having 'locked in syndrome' and knowing that if you wanted to you could, if you wish do everything an academy does without ever becoming one by simply agreeing to use the services of an Educational Consultancy ( private sector with a whopping big price tag), there are loads of cons, many of which I have not yet considered.
    My starter list:
    Cons:

    1. Funds may be siphoned away from struggling schools to lift flagship schools even higher (sociopathic tendencies towards the ‘golden child’ ).

    2. No enforceable pay structure on CEO / trustees.

    3. One ‘bad apple’ in charge could cause the whole barrel to rot.

    4. More scope for internal blame culture / witch hunts / bullying.

    5. High risk strategies may be proposed /adopted.

    Employ more fag packets as required.
     
  2. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Established commenter

    Navy Cut Extra Strong ( guaranteed to make you choke ):
    Supported by N.Morgan, G.Osborne & D.Cameron.
     
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Far from the much-vaunted "freedoms" that academy status will bring, the ultimate irony is that membership of a MAT almost invariably leads to academy principals being told how to run the academy, teachers being told how and what to teach in microscopic detail - and so on and so forth, such that the academies become clones of each other.
     
  4. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Are any free schools actually free?
     
  5. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Established commenter

    Certainly not !. Paid for by yours truly ! via the tax man and central funding. If approved, at best they serve a need to provide a type or quality of education petitioned for. At worst they are very expensive white elephants that may be untenable to run but may interfere badly with other local school intakes.
     
  6. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Established commenter

    As a land grabbing exercise it is mind boggling. Many schools have excess land that the LA would not dare touch but 30,000 spare bits in the hands of central government could be sold to yield billions of pounds.
     

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