Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

Academies will lead to a two-tier education system: Socialist 12 November 2010

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THE GOVERNMENT’S plans to encourage ‘outstanding’ schools to take a fast-track to ‘academy’ status are a threat to the future of comprehensive local authority schooling. They could introduce a fragmented two-tier education system where ‘successful’ schools opt-out of the local authority, taking money with them as they go, leaving cash-starved councils with the schools – and pupils – that need most help.

Under pressure, the government has conceded that parents should be consulted over plans to become an academy – but Tidemill’s timetable shows how limited that ‘consultation’ can be.

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