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Even the organisation which represents academies thinks academisation for all is risky

Discussion in 'Education news' started by chelsea2, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    'Requiring all schools in England to adopt plans to become academies in the next six years is "risky", a national body representing many of them says.
    Fasna, which represents self-governing schools and academies, questioned whether there was capacity to "execute that policy effectively".
    The government announced plans for all schools to become academies by 2022, in its White Paper on schools last week.
    The government said the academy system "empowered" teachers and leaders.
    An academy is an independent but state-funded school. Currently, there are about 5,800 of them in England, most of which are secondary schools.
    Last week, the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, said all schools would become academies, ending any role for local authorities in running schools.
    She said there would be "fair, stretching accountability" focusing on tackling underperformance and "incentivising strong leaders to take over underperforming schools".
    Fasna is a national forum for self-governing schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.
    Like the government, it believes creating autonomous schools is the best way to raise standards, and offers advice and support on academy conversions and the expansion of multi-academy trusts.
    Fasna chairman Tom Clark said: "Given that there are 16,000 schools that are not academies, to get them to switch to that new structure on this timescale and for that to be effective is really quite challenging.
    "We broadly support the direction of policy and that includes the concept of system leadership by schools, but I am surprised at the speed and timeline.
    "The White Paper depends on system leadership by the schools.
    "Our question is whether there's the capacity to execute that policy effectively."
    Mr Clark said there was a "shallow pool" of schools, perhaps about a third of the 24,000 schools in England, that were able to assist and support other schools in improving.
    "System leadership needs time to mature to be effective," he said."It's a big ask of established system leaders - the ones who are most able to help and support schools - to provide that effectively.
    "There is a risk in terms of the pace of change, and the capacity of the schools to lead and support other schools in such numbers."
    Mr Clark also suggested multi-academy trusts might have to grow too quickly to accommodate the pace of change.
    He said it took time to build the supportive relationships between teachers and heads in different schools that were needed if they were to work together successfully.
    But a spokesman for the Department for Education said the academy system "empowers great teachers and leaders and gives them the autonomy to make the decisions that are right for their community and their pupils".
    "Full academisation will mean that all schools will be part of a dynamic self-improving system in which underperformance can be addressed decisively," he said.
    "We are giving schools until 2020 to carefully consider the best arrangement for becoming an academy and until 2022 to convert.
    "Each Regional School Commissioner will play a pivotal role in recruiting new sponsors to take on underperforming schools, and we will be investing in the people and systems necessary."'

  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Of course they don't want every school to be an academy. Where would they be able to send the kids that are expensive to teach?
    Middlemarch likes this.
  3. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    I do tend to think that they haven't really thought it through.
  4. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    If a government education policy is properly thought-through, this will be apparent from the following portents:
    The veil of the temple will be rent in twain.
    The dead* will walk the streets like living people, and
    It will rain human blood.

    The absence of these portents signifies that it is the usual inept bungling.

    *cabinet ministers do not count.
    phlogiston and NQT1986 like this.
  5. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Does ANYONE have any idea all schools becoming academies will lead to this outcome....or indeed, does anyone understand what it means?
  6. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    Spokespeople for the D of E are the last bastion of satire.
    Shedman likes this.
  7. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Did you genuinely think otherwise?
    install likes this.
  8. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Of course the Academy trusts are sceptical. As things stand they can take over a challenging school and alter the intake in a few years. They are allowed, without fines, to permanently exclude pupils. They start by off-loading challenging Yr 1 and 11 pupils to remaining LA schools (who have to take them, thus lowering their results). That allows for the next GCSE results to be better than expected. The school beomes more popular and , being oversubscribed, they can be selective.
    They need LA schools to take the pupils that they reject.
    If all schools are academies, there will have to be rules on how many they can expel, how many they have to accept from other academies etc. Their results will deteriorate.
    delnon likes this.
  9. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    You've missed one of the portents out!

    'And behold it shall come to pass that when those of high governance give forth words from their mouth that be without falsehood and vile deceit then shalt thou knoweth that much mindfulness and consideration hath been given to those musings known unto man as government policy. Woe unto us that such truths shall be unforthcoming to the end of all eternity.'
    delnon likes this.
  10. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Don't worry by next week everyone in this organisations that is advising caution will be seen to be failing to meet Tory 'standards' of performance.
    They will be replaced by those who meet the Tory standards of non questioning compliance.
    Have they not learnt from other tory appointed and funded bodies and their yes people yet?
  11. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    They'll go the way of Wilhelm Messerschmitt.
    The Nazis entered WWII with probably the best integrated airforce in the world. But for the Channel, Britain could very well have gone the way of France.
    Messerschmitt himself was already in trouble, howver, as he'd crossed a leading Nazi.
    In his autobiography (though a pinch of salt is advised) he complained that by the middle of the war, so many competing inspection teams were examining his design-room that progress was significantly slowed.
    Just as well for us: he'd started work on the Me262 jet fighter before the start of the war. There again, an arrogant politician mucked that up, too.
    Politicians never, ever grow up.
  12. install

    install Star commenter

    Heh- who knows .... once it reaches 2020, we will probably see headlines stating :

    delnon likes this.

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