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Should all schools be part of academy trusts?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    The Confederation of School Trusts believes that the future of schools lies within academy trusts, but this can be achieved through incentives rather than by forced academisation:

    ‘The education system should work towards all schools being run by trusts by 2030, an academies leader has said.

    However, Leora Cruddas, the chief executive of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST), has said this should not be achieved through forced academisation…

    The organisation which represents academy trusts has also said schools should be given financial incentives to join trusts and that the government should commit to keeping per pupil funding in line with inflation and increasing cost pressures.’

    What are your views about the ambitions of the Confederation of School Trusts? Do you think the era of maintained school status is nearly over? Do you think it would be more beneficial to the education system if schools operated as part of academy trusts?

    https://www.tes.com/news/call-all-schools-be-academy-trusts-2030
     
  2. davidmu

    davidmu Occasional commenter

    My answer is a very clear NO.
     
  3. guinnesspuss

    guinnesspuss Star commenter

    Definitely not.
     
  4. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Established commenter

    Absolutely not! My school is one of the few remaining LA schools in a sizeable city and, having explored the options of becoming part of a trust or federation several times over the past few years, we cannot see any benefits for our pupils, staff or our, sometimes quirky but always creative, curriculum. We’re happy, the parents are supportive, the kids enjoy coming to school and make very good progress. Why should we join a MAT to change a learning environment that works so well for our community?
     
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  5. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    No. MATs are there to make a profit out of education. Schools should be run by their LA.
     
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  6. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    Yes of course they should, how else will my rich mates steal even more money from the tax-payer?

    Regards
    Michael Gove
     
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  7. Jamvic

    Jamvic Lead commenter

    Q What are your views about the ambitions of the Confederation of School Trusts?

    A If I answered this truthfully your moderator processes wouldn’t allow the reply to be printed here.


    Q Do you think the era of maintained school status is nearly over?

    A Yes. Exactly as planned.


    Q Do you think it would be more beneficial to the education system if schools operated as part of academy trusts?

    A No.
     
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  8. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    An attempt at balance:

    1. Schools which are effectively independent (that is, free schools and private schools) have some big advantages in that they can plan curricula and approaches that are aligned with the needs of their specific clentele.
    2. Schools which are independent miss out on shared resources and knowledge (advisers, contracts and so on) which can mean they are reinventing the wheel quite often and may incur higher costs. Some schools have made efforts to bridge the gap (Woodard Foundation, Rugby Group for example).
    3. LAs and Trusts fill this gap. In the past some LAs have been less than effective, less than efficient. Some Trusts have also been less than efficient.
    4. Some Trusts have been exploited by people running them; the same has also been true of LAs, where perhaps there is less emphasis on value for money.
    5. Some LAs and some Trusts have produced one-size-fits-all solutions - in this respect neither solution works.

    So there's no good answer.
     
  9. shevington

    shevington Occasional commenter

    I note from the internet that this lady has six jobs. Clearly one is not teaching, otherwise she would not be able to undertake the other five jobs !!!
     
  10. aypi

    aypi Established commenter

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