Academy Conversion – The Pitfalls

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  I just thought I’d put down a few thoughts about maintained schools converting to academies. My school, Gillas Lane Primary, is following that route at the moment. There may be benefits to converting to an academy in a MAT…

Education is a PUBLIC service

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Education is one of the most important public services, along with health, in this country. I say public advisedly as all people, at one time or another, are affected by them. These services are of national importance and need sensitive…

Parents Sidelined Under New Academy Proposals

The more I learn about the government’s new academy proposals, the more I dislike them. The latest revelation is that parent governors are to be abolished and that the parent’s role in education is to be limited. The proposed abolition…

Academies – A Risky Leap of Faith?

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Courtesy Civica The announcement of the government’s policy to turn every school into an academy has incredibly far-reaching implications for all schools. This strong ideological and political statement from the government is a bold move and some will applaud it.…

Private Sector Mistakes = Public Sector Pain

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It is now becoming so obvious. Austerity is the means by which the public (you and I) pay for the experiments and mistakes of the private sector. In particular, the financial sector. And the government, rather than apologising to the…

Why are Good Schools Being Closed?

Local authorities have been put in an invidious, if not impossible, position. They have been given the job of cutting their expenditure drasticly to meet government targets on reducing the financial deficit created by the deep economic crisis. As a…