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New academies laws were passed by Parliament last night: here is what they mean for you...

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

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  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Blatant Tory action to prepare state education for mass privatisation.
  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    If a maintained school is rated “inadequate” by Ofsted, it will become an academy

    Any explanation for this?

    Just a political move then, might as well let someone make a few bob out of them even if academies can't do any better - which they frequently can't.
    harsh-but-fair likes this.
  4. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    One could see it as the decline of state schools.possibly out of the hands of labour councils
    One could remark it will be more money for the Tory franchise holders.
    One could argue that its the way to save money as Accademies can employ who they like, sack them quickly and costs the goverment less.
  5. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    The "wrong" kind of schools then, not like those super-expensive, unnecessary paradigms of ideology the "Free School".
    ValentinoRossi likes this.
  7. lunarita

    lunarita Lead commenter

    There is already a clear difference between standards in private education and maintained education, for a variety of reasons and with perhaps a few exceptions. The haves, overall, get a far better education than the have nots.

    The only difference under the tory privatisation plans is that the wealthy, instead of complaining that they fund, via taxation, the (inadequate) education of the poor, will be able to profit from it instead.
    baitranger likes this.
  8. Benbamboo

    Benbamboo Occasional commenter

    If you're a maintained school and rated inadequate you are forced to become an academy in case "vested interests" oppose the move.

    If you're an academy and rated inadequate you get forced to change sponsors, but have the right to appeal. Are there no "vested interests" in academies?

    Let's not forget that in the run up to last year's general election, when pushing the free schools agenda, Nicky Morgan said "At the heart of this is giving parents real choice". In Toryland you can be given a choice with only one option it seems.
  9. jomaimai

    jomaimai Established commenter

    I wonder if, from now on, it will be easier for a maintained school to become inadequate.

    In the same way that is very very easy, now, to become an inadequate teacher.
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  10. pixiepretty

    pixiepretty New commenter

    There is a huge concern in rural authorities about the survival of small village schools. The academy model may be appropriate for large city schools but not for small village ones where budgets don't cover costs and schools are too many miles apart to share staff.
    Joining an inadequate school as HT, 2 years ago, no academy sponsor could be found and even if it had the 'due dilligence' process would have prevented academisation. Small schools are not cost effective but are at very centre of rural communities. Many local schools have less than 50 pupils. LA support and additional funding has driven up standards when no one else would take on this school. What will happen with no LA? Will an academy take on schools which would have a deficit budget which is supported by an LA? What will happen to rural communities and villages when their primary school closes?
  11. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    i was at a school on supply when they went through a one week so called consultation into becoming an academy. The unions told us about the Co Op being a cost neutral sponsor. I would imagine that they would sponsor small schools as part of their community ethos.
  12. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    The seven worse MATs are sitting on £11m. Imagine what the rest have stockpiled? There's plenty of money for these schools if you trust people paying themselves up to half a million pounds for a job that someone on a fifth of the wage would do equally as well.
    What we need are some sponsors or chains that openly are run by a board of HTs drawn from the schools that they supervise.
  13. ricjamclick

    ricjamclick New commenter

    Which are the seven worst MATS please, Mr Media? Maybe you could send me a private message?

    This really is a very silly move by the Conservative party. There is already a paucity of teachers working out there, this action will lead to further inexperienced and unqualified staff teaching and consequently there will be further failure in schools: vicious circle.

    For people like me permanently on supply this is great news, however. We can go from place to place selling ourselves to the highest bidder: lots of schools are desperate for experienced, well qualified, expert teachers to take over from all of the ones that have been driven into the ground. If you have a good reputation, Know how to negotiate, and can market yourself getting decent money for your services is the simplest thing imaginable. The advantages of privatisation are plentiful.

    So the outcome is bound to be quite bad for state education here. There will be:

    More Failure
    Greater costs
    Less ability to plan effectively for the future
    Worse outcomes for students
    A survival of the fittest environment for teachers, with many good teachers, who happen to also be not the most determined, leaving the profession
    A more insecure environment all round
    Lots more people coming and going
    The opportunity for labour to quite easily show that the Conservative party wasted more money since 2011 than they ever did in the 1990s and early 2000s when they finally get back into government
  14. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    my local council has agreed at the highest level that they want all schools off their books as soon as possible. For both financial reasons and to avoid the constant criticism that cascades down from London.
  15. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Many local authorities have already done that. It is government policy to see the end of LAs running schools, as George Osborne announced in the autumn spending review last year.
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  16. pixiepretty

    pixiepretty New commenter

    Sitting on £111 million, not £11 million.


    Also lists the seven trusts.

    As academy trusts now need to publish their financial accounts on their website, I have been looking at these. Given that an LA officer earns around £60,000 for being accountable and responsible school improvement in over 300 primary schools (in my LA) I find it really hard to understand how the principal of local academy trust, with responsibility for 23 schools earns £120,000?

    Thanks Hammie, cost neutral yes, but not able to take on schools which are running at a deficit. The books are never going to balance in small schools. Up to now some small schools have accepted academisation only to be turned down as financially unviable. Up to now rural and sparsity funding through the LA supports villages to keep their school. Academy chains haven't stepped up to take on these small schools which will suck money out of their other academy schools and out of the academy. I hope village communities are aware that they may lose their school.

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