So What’s Wrong with Academy schools? 10 Myths and Facts to Disprove Them | Think Left

Last Updated: October 2, 2015By

What’s Wrong with Academies?

The policy of the break up of our Local Education Authorities, pitching schools against one another in an ultra-competitive environment has nothing to do with learning, nothing to do with improving standards, and everything to do with privatisation of our schools and profits for the Academy chains. The result is seriously damaging the education of young people today.

Jeremy Corbyn wants to see Academies returned to Local Education Authorities.

Instead of inter-school competition, he wants to bring all schools “back into the local authority orbit”. He has discussed “rebuilding the family of education” and said he thinks local authorities could oversee and provide supplementary support resources for schools. He also suggested local authorities should be allowed to build new schools again. . “We need to be bolder about all children having an equal chance, proud of the idea of first-rate community comprehensive education and encourage a diverse mix of pupils in all our schools”. Corbyn also wants to set up a National Education Service – which would be modelled similar to the NHS. (Schoolsweek)

LEAs or local consortia involving professional teachers and educational professionals allows sharing our resources, skills and provision of centralised services such as SEN, Education Psychology, provision for sick children and CAMHS.

Labour’s Education minister Lucy Powell has announced at Conference her plans to bring back LEAs. “Schools must work together not compete. Local authorities will be able to ensure sufficient places and fair admissions, and have the ability to intervene in any school that is failing. I want to encourage collaboration in communities of schools and for all schools to work with their local communities to drive up standards.”

Academised schools should be returned to our local community – our family of schools , as Jeremy Corbyn has referred to. The following article by Henry Stewart has been previously published on Local Schools Network, and is available for download in Word Form here. It is the result of extensive research, and clearly exposes the claims for justification of Academisation as untruths.

Please share widely, as it is important that these myths which the government are circulating in the media are debunked, so that parents , teachers and politicians can act in counteracting these policies, and protect the education of our children. Schools are there to provide the education all our young people need. We must ensure that is the case.

Source: So What’s Wrong with Academisation? 10 Myths and Facts to Disprove Them

The 10 myths are republished in the original article; please visit it to learn about them.

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  1. NMac October 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Everything comes under the heading of, If the Tories can’t make money out if something then they are not interested and even downright hostile towards it”.

  2. mohandeer October 2, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this one Mike, I have never really understood the dynamics of LEA’s versus Academies as most discourse seems to revolve around the old argument of 11+ Sec.Mod’s and Grammar Schools. The chart you show at the top of your blog is alarming but I am not entirely sure what it represents. The Heading of “Inadequate” is a bit non specific but I am assuming that it refers to the level of success in producing greater literacy/numeracy and academic success. If so, is it because the quality of teachers is unsatisfactory by comparison, or that the prospectus has not been met? Does it represent the percentage of success within a given achievement expectation? It certainly did not look impressive but am not sure how we can improve literacy/numeracy per se without studying in depth all schools performances as required by (Ofsted?) or whatever the current assessment body is. Can’t and won’t commit to an opinion on facts not in evidence and from previous discussion sites, not sure either side of the arguments I would take except to say that I do not like education being a source of cherry picking based on wealth or privilege. Does that qualify as a position on Academies?

    • Mike Sivier October 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Have you read the original article? I think it might answer your questions.

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