Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

October 15th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Burnham to cast shadow over new breed of academies

In his first interview as shadow education secretary, Andy Burnham tells The TES of his commitment to comprehensives.

Mr Gove has used this fact to push his expansion of the academies programme and creation of free schools, claiming that the state system as it stands is broken and is need of fundamental reform. It is an approach that Mr Burnham believes will create an elitist education system.

In the worst-case scenario, if this Government has two terms, the question may well be: Is there such a thing as a state system of education? As far as I can tell were potentially heading towards a segregated system, he says.

The academies that Michael Gove is bringing forward are the polar extreme of those brought in under the Labour Government. They are outstanding schools and they are being completely walled-off from the rest of the system. They are almost a fiefdom of the high performing schools.

We could end up with a very competitive and unstable system, a very fragile system. read more

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