The Government’s Education White Paper proposing that all Local Authority schools should be forced to become Academies was just plain wrong on so many levels:
- There’s no evidence
The Government hasn’t produced any evidence that becoming an Academy improved the standard of education
- It’s Undemocratic
The Government’s proposals weren’t in the Conservative manifesto last year. Schools have chosen to stay with their local Authorities. Parents could have lost the right to elect parent governors and been denied any say over who runs their child’s school.
- It’s expensive
Estimates to fund the process of academisation are as high as £1.3 million
- It’s the wrong priority
The Government should be dealing with the real issues of teacher shortages, lack of pupil places, funding cuts and curriculum chaos.
I know that we have good Local Authority schools and they should not be run like competing businesses. Having been a teacher and Head teacher in Local Authority schools, I will fight to prevent any attempts at forced academisation.
Thelma Walker, Labour Candidate for Holme Valley South, 2016