Academies. The academic argument has been shown not to hold water. Nobody who wishes to retain a shred of credibility deploys it these days. The arguments in favour now rely on equally dodgy and tenuous financial and administrative benefits.
So effectively we are left with a doctrinaire policy which effectively gives public property and land to spivs. The sort of spivs who register their businesses as charities in order to dodge UK taxation. It may surprise some that the Tories and Liberals are so wedded to the ideal of redistribution of wealth!
Academies. All about Leadership. Pupils too, after all that’s what schools do.
As for the rest of the outfit: teachers, teaching assistants, cooks, cleaners, techies and admin staff – open season in the hire-and-fire, free-for-all marketplace that Adam Smith would have declaimed as rigged.
These schools are currently run by the Council. It means that the schools are democratically accountable to us and if the Councillors neglect our schools we can vote them out. Michael Gove wants to hand them over to unelected academy chains, many run by businessmen in the same way they run their businesses.
Despite the claims by the government and the media academies are not ‘proven to succeed’. The most recent GCSE results show that 27% have seen their results decline or remain the same.
Many academies have relied on NVQs and other exams which have been considered to be equivalent to several GCSEs to improve the position in the league tables. The government have now abolished these equivalents and academies have seen some dramatic falls. The ARK academy in Birmingham, St Albans…
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