Academisation

While most of the state secondary schools in Harrow now have academy status, a vast majority of primary schools have not.
academiesWe hear concerns about the government plans to turn every state school in England into an academy – many teachers from Harrow were at the recent academy protest in London and of course at the teachers conference that has demonstrated strong opposition to total academisation.
Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority. They are overseen by the charitable academy trusts which are mostly not local and are not well monitored – scandal at an academy chain is an eye opener!
In pointing out total abolition of national pay and conditions under academy status, Christine Blower, general secretary NUT, has listed some (photo).
Teachers also voted to opt out of the of Prevent duty for schools, developed due to the rift between the education and home secretaries at the time as who is not doing enough about ‘..isms’.
Considering the failures in experimenting the education models and modes, it is about time to listen to the education practitioners regarding what is taught, how and where it is taught.