Greening signals less ‘punitive’ approach towards struggling schools

The Tes reports that education secretary says current system makes good teachers think twice about going to schools where they are needed. But she denies existence of forced academisation.

The education secretary was speaking this morning at the Sutton Trust’s Social Mobility Summit 2017.

She said: “We do need to move away from a perception of a reliance on a pure punitive intervention approach. We need to, moreover, move towards a culture of having the right support in the right places at the right time, and I think for too long our strategy hasn’t had that breadth to it, and perhaps that clarity around it.

She said this did not mean she planned to change the system of floor standards used to identify failing schools.

The Education and Adoption Act 2016 clearly contradicts Ms Greening’s assertion that “we don’t have forced academisation”. The legislation states that the education secretary “must make an academy order” for any maintained school in England that Ofsted deems “inadequate”.

The Department for Education later said the secretary of state was referring to previously abandoned plans to force all schools to become academies, rather than legislation that requires individual under-performing schools to become academies.

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  1. There’s no ‘perception’, punitive is exactly what it has been and has been based on a clear intention to have school budgets pilfered by profiteers on the make.
    Greening is not only wrong in terms of the legislation but also on the reality with secondary schools forcing unwilling primary schools into MATs in order to get their hands on primary resources and spend it on the secondary school with plenty of opportunities for the management to pay themselves a bigger bonus for having done it.

  2. Nairb1

    Spot on, Gov 2. One MAT local to me, with eleven schools, now has a CEO who earns more than the Director of Education for the Local Education Authority which retains something like 270 schools. Those eleven schools all have their own head who are increasingly complaining that they have a top down management system with a one size fits all … which includes required purchasing from a ‘linked’ provider of services and resources. Latest example … my local primary has been told that their planned INSET day for September can’t go ahead because all the schools have to attend a central INSET on writing. That primary has outstanding writing results across the school. Not to worry, surely the MAT will use their expertise. Nope, expensive outside providers.

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