If you have a child starting at a new school in September the chances are you won’t just have to provide a new uniform, PE kit and stationery. You’ll be asked for a standing order too. State education isn’t what it was: the de-facto privatisation of it is under way. And the “voluntary” contributions to schools that parents are asked for can run to hundreds of pounds. The Independent explains why the numbers are not adding up.
Education hasn’t officially been taken out of the pubic sector but the pay train has left the station and is on the high-speed link to Cashville, particularly when it comes to the government’s beloved academies. Which raises questions about whether those parents are being fleeced? Just over half of Britain’s schools have either chosen – or been forced – to make the jump. he majority of them have joined chains known as “multi-academy trusts” or Mats and once the decision has been taken there is no turning back.
Long read featuring CEO salaries, lack of Ofsted inspections and DfE warnings : How academies are taking over the education sector
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