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LA secondary schools abolished by Osborne

Discussion in 'Education news' started by emerald52, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    A TV roundup of the rest of the autumn statement included the astonishing news that LA's will no longer be in charge of any secondaries. That was sneaky. As an academy of choice, with a large deficit, that will be the way to cut the cost of state education, save for free schools.
     
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c9498c76-9397-11e5-bd82-c1fb87bef7af.html#axzz3stV3mciP

    The five-year spending plan unveiled by Mr Osborne included a promise to break the control of local education authorities and move towards a system where all schools are academies — autonomous, but funded and regulated by central government.

    So all secondary schools will be Academies like it or not...

    Why is this not getting more noise?
     
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  3. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Our government pledged to convert all remaining LA schools to academies by 2020 in Cameron's '100 days in power' speech back in August, but no one was listening.

    There are probably only a handful of LA run secondaries left anyway.
     
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  4. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Since 2012 and before, you threaten people with their livelihoods and make them exhausted by running rings of policies around them, you get rid of the experienced, by damaging their self-esteem and reputations, and you buy in a youthful mafia to control all the money in education, then......what you see and hear is what you get.
     
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  5. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    My son's secondary school is still staunchly an LA school. The Head doesn't want it to be an academy. Oh and it's a 'good' school according to Ofsted unlike the two academies down the road!
     
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  6. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    So what? Academisation has long since ceased to be about 'standards' or 'education' (if it ever was). It has always been an ideological policy - shrinking the state, privatisation, breaking the power(!) of the unions/teachers.
    (Maybe even a juvenile reaction to their own school-days)
     
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  7. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Unfortunately, that head teacher will probably become one of the 'disappeared' by 2020.
     
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  8. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    I am afraid you are probably right. He is 'a certain age' seems a decent sort of chap and the staff and kids respect him........that'll never do!
     
  9. FairyHoneyPeaches

    FairyHoneyPeaches Occasional commenter

    Have you people working in the state sector considered moving to the independent sector? Longer holidays, smaller classes. better pay and conditions.
     
  10. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Untrue as most are too small to have the structure needed for higher level posts. Only the top ones can compete. Since only 7% of pupils are in independent schools there are very few posts.
     
  11. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Not least from the Tory party who surely campaign on less government control rather than this sort of centralisation.
     
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  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Indeed, could be argued the Academy program is a form of Nationalisation, removing control from local authorities to central government.

    Still, we'll all be Academies soon.
     
  13. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I'd rather be a free school. Local schools for local people. I could have a whole chain - eleventy or more!
     
  14. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    LAs smack too much of municipal back scratching for my liking.

    But they are probably better than academies! :eek:
     
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    The nearest Free School to me is part of a big regional Academy chain. Not sure how 'Free' the Free School program is.
     
  16. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    LA control brings to mind Churchill's quote on democracy...
     
  17. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    But not to "tongue"?
     
  18. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    More schools with poor supervision and little chance of being held to account. Radicalisation of academy schools may be only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
     
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ah but @Yoda- they'll get around by saying there is stringent monitoring through the failed government attack dog Ofsted and that Academy chains are bringing new and vibrant rigor [vomit] to the classroom.

    I could write this tosh for them.
     
  20. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

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    Prospective monitoring candidates.
     

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