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Should inadequate schools become academies?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    No, but it will help fill the coffers of Tory donating academy chains.
    emerald52 likes this.
  3. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Did re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic stop it sinking?
    xena-warrior likes this.
  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    What'll happen to inadequate Academies?
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    You silly people - didn't you know that changing a school into an academy is magic?
    snowyhead, lanokia and Vince_Ulam like this.
  6. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    I love the way that being turned into an Academy is seen as a punishment........which of course is exactly what it is!
    snowyhead and monicabilongame like this.
  7. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Inadequate schools need support, probably at a variety of levels.
    Do academy chains deliver this support?
    My guess is some do and some don't.
    I think the ofsted inspector should be contractually redeployed to help get the school up to the right level, as they are the experts on such things.
  8. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    As Cameron has stated he wants all schools to become academies, it doesn't matter whether you're deemed inadequate, RI or good - they'll get you in the end.
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    And then what... all schools become Academies... well it's not like that is a cure-all... so what then? Oh swap the schools between Academy chains from chain to chain with rebrandings every five years or so?

    And then what? Because it doesn't fix the real problems!
  10. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Probably a response to the recent study that showed that since academisation began, poorer pupils have shown worse outcomes in academies than in LA schools. The obvious solution is to make as many schools as possible academies, thereby reducing or removing the inconvenient statistic.
    snowyhead likes this.
  11. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    LA school labelled underperforming, they know they can't do any different so might as well let some academy chain make a few bob, political ideology at its finest.
  12. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Can someone direct me to some serious non-partisan research that shows that there is any pupil benefit from changing status?
  13. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Educational research is infamous for being dire. The vast majority is mostly useless because it tries to draw conclusions on inadequate samples. Attempting to isolate factors such "changing status" is legendarily difficult. In all the decades of educational research there are probably no more than a handful of results that can be considered reliable albeit with severe health warnings about range of applicability.
  14. maurice-r

    maurice-r Established commenter

    It's a blatant racket for more Tory spivs to milk the taxpayer.
  15. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Our local community school - of which I was a Governor - was forced to convert in 2012. It serves a deprived catchment and results were low ish but not if you took context into account and considered all the 'creaming off' that took place prior to Year 7.
    Last LEA inspection - Satisfactory
    First post academy inspection - RI
    Second post academy inspection - Special Measures
    It now has the lowest GCSE results in the city. Surprisingly even fewer parents want to send their children there.
    The academy sponsor was a high achieving Grammar in a very affluent area run by a friend of Gove. Surprisingly they don't seem to know a dickie bird about running an inner city high school. The amount of pupil premium money they get is eye watering and yet their OFSTED states they don't seem to have 'catch up' interventions in place for low achievers. Their other similar high school also went into SM at the same time. The Regional Schools Commissioner is 'looking into it'. Yeah right. Not even a Note of Guidance issued.
  16. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    The DfE have launched a consultation:

    But, what's the point of a consultation when you've already decided on your course of action?

    "The tough new powers, first put forward by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan in the Education and Adoption Bill in June, will allow the government to swiftly intervene and turn around failing schools. The measures will sweep away the bureaucracy previously exploited by opponents with ideological objections who could delay or obstruct the process by which academy sponsors take over to improve the running of schools. In some cases, campaigners have delayed intervention by drawing out debates, refusing to provide important information and blocking vital decisions."
  17. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    I wrote to Nicky Morgan abut the situation at my local school and strangely she couldn't have given less of a toss. Underperforming academies seem to have a get out of jail free card. For myself I have an idealogical objection to deprived kids being held to ransom by people who make big promises then find out that it's not as easy as they have made it out to be. It's a scandal.
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