Academy Consultation Document, some important facts. Download Here: Academy Consultation They Say, We Say
They Say: The Academy would improve the services it provides by buying them directly.
We Say: They would be buying from the equivalent of the corner shop. The Local Authority buys from the equivalent of the Wholesaler, where prices are much cheaper as it can purchase goods and services on a much bigger scale.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
They Say: The Academy would still receive the same grant for pupils with Special Educational Needs and would still be monitored by the LEA.
We Say: The Local Authority would have no powers of enforcement with an Academy. It would retain the right to monitor SEN provision but would be legally unable to intervene in the event of a dispute or problem. Parents would no longer be able to consult the LEA should something go wrong, they would have to contact the Government.
Admissions and Term Dates:
They Say: The Academy would still be following LEA guidance on admissions and would be able to set it’s own term dates.
We Say: The Academy (in a big, brand new building) would almost certainly be oversubscribed at which point it becomes legally entitled to amend it’s admissions procedure and begin selection. Children regarded as ‘difficult’ could be refused admission. Different term dates for families with children at more than one school would be chaotic.
They Say: The Academy would be responsible for appointing it’s own governors.
We Say: Academy governors are not accountable to parents, the Local Authority, or the public. Major sponsors of the Academy, which could be private businesses, are automatically given majority control of the governing body.
They Say: The Academy would have more control over the buildings it occupies and would be free to manage and pay for maintenance.
We Say: The Academy would be taking ownership of an asset paid for with taxpayers money. The new school is part of a large development paid for by the public, transferring ownership of part of the site would result in major legal, financial and practical difficulties.
THE ACADEMY PROPOSAL HAS NO EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGES FOR CHILDREN. SCHOOLS ARE STRONGER TOGETHER IN A LOCAL FAMILY OF SCHOOLS THAN STAND ALONE SCHOOLS OUT FOR PROFIT & COMPETITION.