Leading Tories are demanding change to government education policy and an easing of cuts, amid predictions that councils in Conservative-run heartlands will soon be unable to provide school places for all the children in their areas.
Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy
The education secretary Nicky Morgan has today launched a bill designed to sweep away any obstacles when as many as 1,000 “struggling” schools convert to academies.
Article in the Guardian that questions the Government’s fixation on Academies as the universal solution to edition, and how a conservative select committee question the Minister’s fixation on removing democratic local control, essentially turning schooling over to commercial interests and thus imposing Tory ideology as a guiding principle in the formation of ideas. Is this genuinely in the interests of families?
In a comment, Michael Rosen remarked:
Do we really have a government in power (I don’t care if it’s Labour, LibDem or Tory) that has passed legislation which enables our collective property to be ‘transferred’ out of our ownership and control to any of the variety of bodies now running academies – chains, universities, charities etc?
Perhaps I missed it, was this particular matter debated in the House? Did we the people really agree to this?
The NUT and other public sector unions held a strike this week, thousands of teachers marched own Regents Street.
Parents of pupils attending a chain of three academies championed by education secretary Michael Gove and founded by his former schools commissioner have been told not to talk to the media about a £2m fraud to which it has allegedly fallen victim.
– from The Guardian
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In this revealing investigation, a reporter enters a private college that receives funding from student loans even if students do not attend. A large number of enrollees appear to be missing from classrooms. Have government policies on tuition fees resulted in a huge waste of public funds? Students who enroll and receive government grants but then do not attend are effectively stealing the free education promised to by the Lib Dems.
An academy chain in charge of running six state schools became the first in the country to fold today – forcing a sudden hunt for new sponsors to take them over.
The Prospects Academies Trust, which runs six schools in Paignton, Bexhill and Gloucestershire, was one of 14 chains told by the Government it could not take on any new schools because of concerns over standards.