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Are all Academy chains ruthless?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Debs_Frazer, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. Debs_Frazer

    Debs_Frazer New commenter

  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I think they probably are. They were invented to make education more business-like, ie so that staff could be hired, fired, etc as the chain bosses wished.
  4. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Academy chains are a business. Business is ruthless, therefore academy chains are ruthless.
  5. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Anyone who invents reasons for why they should be renumerated 5 - 10 times to appear to manage a group of people, who, by the very nature of their job, are self managers, have to be ruthless in order to maintain that false facade.
    How else could they appear to be successful on paper. It is after all bits of paper evidence that the dfe look at when they reward schools with funding, and bits of paper that can remove the funding or hand it to some other super 'in' people, after ofsted pay a visit.
    They have to pretend it has to do with teachers being good bad or ugly. It makes them more appealing to the public.
    You can always pull a crowd in for a public hanging or execution, innocent or not!
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2015
  6. rachelpaula008

    rachelpaula008 Star commenter

    Yes. Watch your back!
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  7. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    My boss is very considerate. She uses chocolate flavoured boot polish..
  8. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter


    Some are just incompetent.
    JRiley1 likes this.
  9. JRiley1

    JRiley1 Established commenter

    Think it depends how big the academy chain is and what type of schools are in it; just primaries, secondary or mix?

    When I worked at an academy it was just 2 schools, but as I was leaving (only couple of years later) it had taken on another primary and in process of 2 more as well. My previous colleagues now tell stories...Glad to be out of there from what they've told me!
  10. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

  11. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Some formed by local schools linking together may be OK for an initial period of time.

    Large chains are ruthless and arrogant.

  12. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  13. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    So are many state schools.
  14. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Academies are getting away with things that LA schools would never have been allowed to do. See this forum.

    Academies do not perform better than LA schools. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/e...authority-schools-says-research-10356408.html

    They perform worse for lower ability/poorer children. http://www.suttontrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Chain-Effects-2015.pdf

    So, given the costs and upheaval involved, the results obtained and the shameful was that many academies are treating teachers, they have absolutely nothing to recommend them.

    They appear to be a conduit for poor quality management, people with a lack of pedagogical knowledge and accompanying promotion beyond competence. I could go on but we all know...
    Alf58 and Debs_Frazer like this.
  15. birmanmum

    birmanmum New commenter

    The article it actually says that the academies are doing better at getting pupils the 5 GCSEs including maths and English, which seems to be something the government is rather keen on. There are also other parts of the article where is talks about the attainment gap between pupils on free school meals and others being slightly smaller in the academies.

    The headline states that the academies do not perform significantly better - and then the write up says that they do.
  16. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

  17. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    It relies on the reader having some judgement and understanding. And knowing what "significant" means in a statistical context.
  18. chubbyone

    chubbyone Occasional commenter

    Wonder if they will produce the statistics for the academies that continue to flourish and thrive?
  19. lou5357

    lou5357 New commenter

    Can someone explain to me the role of trustees? Are they like shareholders? Do they have any power or influence?
    Our school is joining an academy (which currently has three schools, with hopes to include two more), so not one of those big players with poor reputations.
  20. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Do you not understand how reports are written and statistics presented?

    Those stats are in there too. They do not, however, affect the overall picture.

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