Tory academisation plan will worsen education standards

Sponsored academies lead to slower school improvement - see the facts here:

Sponsored academies lead to slower school improvement – see the facts here:

The Conservative Party seems to have an ulterior motive behind its plan to turn all English schools into academies.

You see, academies perform badly in comparison to schools run by local education authorities (that’s the local council to me and you).

Look at the graph above and follow the link to the evidence if you have any doubts.

So why would a government deliberately try to make publicly-funded schools worse?

Is it because the Tories really do want to create a class of educationally-substandard drones who will have to work on low-wage jobs because they won’t have the qualifications for better-paid employment?

It is because they know their own children are not as intelligent as ours and they want to give them as much of an unfair advantage as possible? The private school system provides the ‘Old School Tie’, of course, but stupidity always becomes obvious – as we see in Education secretary Nicky Morgan, whose vacant-eyed stare betrays the vast empty space between her ears.

Make up your own mind. At least you know the last thing they want is to improve publicly-funded education standards.

Leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups in the Local Government Association have combined to oppose plans to force all English schools to become academies.

In a joint letter to the Observer, they urge ministers to reconsider the plans.

The LGA says the plan to remove all schools from council control has caused “enormous concern” .

But, on Saturday, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan insisted there was “no reverse gear” on the changes.

Speaking at the NASUWT teacher union conference in Birmingham, Ms Morgan said she would not row back on the government’s reform agenda, saying the plans would put control over schools into the hands of heads and teachers.

But this did not deter the National Union of Teachers, gathering for its annual conference in Brighton, voting for a ballot for a one-day strike next term over the government’s plans.

The Observer letter, signed by Conservative councillors as well as those from opposition parties, says: “There is no evidence that academies perform better than council maintained schools.

“Where a school is failing, there is no question that action must be taken – but converting every school, regardless of performance, to an academy will not tackle those issues.”

Source: Cross-party move against England’s academy schools plan – BBC News

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6 thoughts on “Tory academisation plan will worsen education standards

  1. NMac

    Isn’t this all part of a return to what the Tories yearn for, so-called “Victorian Values”. That means education is only for those with pots of money. They keep very quiet about the huge subsidies to the public (private) schools in the form of charitable status. That need to be looked at and abolished.

  2. Joan Edington

    I must admit that I am not 100% familiar with the academy system in England but from what I have read recently, the Tories seem to have finally flipped from an education perspective. When schools within the same local authority are run by that authority there are many advantages. Often resources, such as IT or playing fields, can be shared and schools tend to get along together, synchronising holidays etc. If it becomes a free for all between indepenently run schools, I would imagine competition (which Tories love of course) would not be conducive to equality of teaching. I suspect you are right and that is their reasoning though.

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