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Maybe, just maybe, this lady will have to turn....

Discussion in 'Education news' started by chelsea2, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    'Leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups in the Local Government Association have combined to oppose plans to force all English schools to become academies.

    In a joint letter to the Observer, they urge ministers to reconsider the plans.

    The LGA says the plan to remove all schools from council control has caused "enormous concern" .

    But, on Saturday, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan insisted there was "no reverse gear" on the changes.

    Speaking at the NASUWT teacher union conference in Birmingham, Ms Morgan said she would not row back on the government's reform agenda, saying the plans would put control over schools into the hands of heads and teachers.

    The Observer letter, signed by Conservative councillors as well as those from opposition parties, says: "There is no evidence that academies perform better than council maintained schools.

    "Where a school is failing, there is no question that action must be taken - but converting every school, regardless of performance, to an academy will not tackle those issues."

    It goes on: "Schools value the option to become academies - and the support they receive from their local councils to do so - where they believe this is in the best interests of their students and communities.

    "Forcing the change upon every school goes against, in many cases, what parents and teachers want, and there will be a large financial implication for local authorities at a time when communities are already suffering the impact of significant budget cuts."

    The councillors continue: "We urge the government to listen to the concerns of families, teachers, unions, politicians and experts and rethink the proposals in the White Paper."

    The letter is signed by Cllr David Hodge, Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Marianne Overton, Leader of the Independent Group and Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group.'

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  2. Benbamboo

    Benbamboo Occasional commenter

    There is noise at the moment because the unions are having their conferences but I don't see Gorgon backing away from this unless there is significant media pressure, which doesn't seem to be the case at all.

    Put in the context of a badly received budget in general, the embarrassment of IDS resigning with his jab at "all in this together" and the doctors not rolling over and announcing more strikes, I think they will cling to this because another u-turn would amount to humiliation.

    The closer they get to the referendum, the more the news coverage will be dominated by Europe and everything else will be forgotten. It's depressing but they will ride this one out. Now, if the NAHT announced strike action, that would make life difficult for them, but they will swat away the NUT.
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  3. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    But this pressure is coming from Local Government, including Conservative councillors. They are much more difficult to ignore - if they keep on protesting.

    However, I do agree that the EU Referendum will tend to take over all other news stories, which may be the only thing which 'saves' this policy.
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  4. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I agree and Nicky Gorgon will be holding her ground at least until the EU referendum when there will be a big reshuffle. As you rightly say, any U-turns at this stage would look disastrous for the wannabees like Gorgon who's got her eyes on bigger fish than education. She didn't kick up a big fuss when Osbo announced academisation of all schools in the budget so I reckon her move will be to Chief Secretary of the Treasury when Cameron has his 'night of the long knives'.
  5. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    they don't need to turn, they just wait for another job on the ministerial roundabout to come their way. Leaving the mess for some other guy to mess up further with their own particular brand of preconceived ideas
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