Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

July 8th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Are profit-making academies the future for education?

“A few weeks before Michael Gove issued his latest call to arms, Sir Bruce Liddington, schools commissioner in the last Labour government, now director general of the academy chain E-ACT and one of the movers and shakers in the academy world, made a speech in which he set out his vision for a “world-class education system”.

“Liddington unveiled his organisation’s five-year business plan. From a low base – 11 academies in 2010 – the group has big ambitions. By 2015, it hopes to have 40 academies, 21 free schools and 65 “converter” academies. Elsewhere, he has been reported as speculating that E-ACT might one day run more than 250 schools.

The amount councils retain from school budgets varies hugely. Some take as little as 3%, others up to 10%
E-Act retains 5% of school budgets – top slicing like Local Authorities
OASIS retains 4.5%
ARK retains 4.5%

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