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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Debs_Frazer, Nov 20, 2015.
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.
Academy chains are a business. Business is ruthless, therefore academy chains are ruthless.
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!
Yes. Watch your back!
My boss is very considerate. She uses chocolate flavoured boot polish..
Some are just incompetent.
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!
If this is true many folks need to watch their backs.although how you can teach more with less is beyond me unless your going to increase class sizes or maybe monitorial systems...could be 'increased efficiency'.
I have worked in some good academies as supply.but the teachers often hint or whisper of other concerns.
Some formed by local schools linking together may be OK for an initial period of time.
Large chains are ruthless and arrogant.
Academy trusts receiving letters from DfE about poor performance
However, some Academy trusts do provide excellent CPD and promotion opportunities for staff, with the possibility to move from school to school to widen your experience.
So are many state schools.
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...
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.
It relies on the reader having some judgement and understanding. And knowing what "significant" means in a statistical context.
Wonder if they will produce the statistics for the academies that continue to flourish and thrive?
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.
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.