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Catholic Church joins unions to block plans to turn schools into academies

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Good - the more groups who object, maybe the Government will begin to re-think. According to the report, they are joining forces with the unions, governors & parent groups. The report articulated the fact that academisation removes local accountability & involvement in education - to me, this was the meat of it:

    'But a group of high-profile organisations, including the Catholic Church, has warned that the legislation takes decision-making away from the local community and puts it in the hands of unelected officials.

    The move comes after reports over the weekend claimed that peers would try to block the government’s plans to convert all underperforming schools into academies in the House of Lords.

    In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the organisations say they would like to see the clause removed and a new one added to ensure that more is done to meet “the dramatic increase in pupil numbers” that is expected over the next few years.

    The letter, signed by the Catholic Education Service, the National Governors’ Association (NGA), and education unions the NAHT, NUT, ATL and Unison; and parent group the Local Schools Network, says: “In its current form, the Education and Adoption Bill going through Parliament will deny parents, governors and some communities a say in the future of their school. If passed, it will force schools that Ofsted judges to have serious weaknesses, or are in special measures, to become academies. Neither legal challenge, nor objections from the community served by the school, will be permitted. Nobody with an interest in the school will even be allowed access to information about the sponsor.”'

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