Teachers and politicians speak out against academies plans.

‘Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been met with shouts of "rubbish" as she told teachers about plans to turn all schools in England into an academy.

In an address to the NASUWT teachers' conference, Ms Morgan said there was no going back on plans to make every school an academy by 2020.

She also urged the union to take a more positive line about the profession rather than talking of "crisis".’ - BBC

‘“There isn’t another government just around the corner, to be frank,” she told delegates in Birmingham. “Teaching unions have a choice – spend the next four years doing battle with us and doing down the profession they represent in the process, or stepping up, seizing the opportunities and promise offered by the white paper and helping us to shape the future of the education system.”

But Morgan’s hopes were quickly dashed when the NASUWT general secretary, Chris Keates, followed her at the podium and asked Morgan to reconsider the plan to move 16,000 schools in England from local authority oversight to control by chains of academy trusts by 2022. “Don’t allow yourself to become the next Iain Duncan Smith: listen to the concerns being raised,” Keates said.’ - Guardian

‘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".’ - BBC

‘The government’s zealous commitment to academies has led it to insist that all schools – failing or not – must become academies by 2022: the biggest shakeup of the education system in decades. Tellingly, it was announced not by the education secretary, but by the chancellor in his budget.

This gave it the feel of a political sleight of hand to distract from bad economic news rather than a policy driven by serious concern for improving the nation’s schools. Like disability cuts, it has provoked strong dissent from within the Conservative party. Council leaders and backbench MPs are right to speak out: it is a reform with few upsides but huge risks.’ – Observer editorial

 

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