Cross-party move against England’s academy schools plan

The BBC is reporting that leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups in the Local Government Association have combined to oppose plans to force all English schools to become academies.

In a joint letter to the Observer, they urge ministers to reconsider the plans.

The LGA says the plan to remove all schools from council control has caused “enormous concern” …

The Observer letter, signed by Conservative councillors as well as those from opposition parties, says: “There is no evidence that academies perform better than council maintained schools. 

“Where a school is failing, there is no question that action must be taken – but converting every school, regardless of performance, to an academy will not tackle those issues.”

It goes on: “Schools value the option to become academies – and the support they receive from their local councils to do so – where they believe this is in the best interests of their students and communities. 

“Forcing the change upon every school goes against, in many cases, what parents and teachers want, and there will be a large financial implication for local authorities at a time when communities are already suffering the impact of significant budget cuts.”

The councillors continue: “We urge the government to listen to the concerns of families, teachers, unions, politicians and experts and rethink the proposals in the White Paper.”

The letter is signed by Cllr David Hodge, Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Marianne Overton, Leader of the Independent Group and Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group.

More at: Cross-party move against England’s academy schools plan

 

What significance do you see from this being a cross party letter with signatories from the Conservative party?

Likely to have any impact?

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Comments

  1. TW

    Likely to have no impact.  Firstly, Tory ‘rebellions’ almost always amount to nothing.  Secondly, so-called is infested with Blairite rubbish who (a) are just as guilty as the Tories for these destructive education policies; (b) they would vote for academisation just to undermine Corbyn; they are themselves happy to make money out of privatising education.  There could of course be an impact but I won’t be holding my breath.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This policy is potentially a massive banana skin for govt as people no longer believe their academy lies.

  3. It’s not the first time some Tories have expressed concern re academies.  The cross-party Education Select Committee told politicians to stop exaggerating academy success.  And Tory Neil Carmichael, new chair of the Committee, has described the DfE approach to education reform as ‘Acting first; thinking later.’
    The Coalition and this Government has been adept at ignoring these concerns, often dismissing them as moaning from the ‘Blob’ or the mutterings of over-cautious committees.  But there’s a head of steam growing – and soon it’s likely to blow.   And Cameron, Gove, Gibb, Morgan – all those who’ve pushed the mantra that academy conversion is the only way to improve schools are going to look stupid (if they don’t already).

  4. It’s not the first time some Tories have expressed concern re academies.  The cross-party Education Select Committee told politicians to stop exaggerating academy success.  And Tory Neil Carmichael, new chair of the Committee, has described the DfE approach to education reform as ‘Acting first; thinking later.’
    The Coalition and this Government has been adept at ignoring these concerns, often dismissing them as moaning from the ‘Blob’ or the mutterings of over-cautious committees.  But there’s a head of steam growing – and soon it’s likely to blow.   And Cameron, Gove, Gibb, Morgan – all those who’ve pushed the mantra that academy conversion is the only way to improve schools are going to look stupid (if they don’t already).

  5. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Good to hear, a truly disgraceful idea that wasn’t even included in the Tory manifesto. There is no mandate from electorate.

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