Birmingham again proving itself to be the forge of progressive and innovative ideas in the sphere of civic governance. Taking the argument beyond pro- and con- and instead to define how an enlightened local authority manages change to meet the needs of its citizens. Our city motto is ‘Forward!’
It was announced in an article in the Birmingham Post earlier this month that the education scrutiny committee at Birmingham City Council will begin an inquiry into academies. Councillor Brigid Jones confirmed the plans today in a television interview for BBC Midlands Today. (Also reported were Birmingham City Council’s plans to develop a co-operative model that will bring together schools and academies in the city, there is more on this in an earlier post here).
The inquiry will be launched in September and will be headed by Councillor Anita Ward. The Birmingham Post reports that the inquiry will not be about whether the Council is for or against academies, but rather how they should deal with them.
The draft Inquiry Outline cites the key question as;
In the light of schools in Birmingham becoming academies what role should the council play to support all schools and children. New strategic…
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