Forced Academisation debate

The leader of Nottingham Conservatives read out a briefing during a debate on the forced academies at the City Council, and it was clearly struggling.  In essence the Labour councillors could not relate to what was being described as real.  One colleague stated it was a briefing, but couldn’t see, like I could, that it was a letter from the Secretary of State.
Although I had one doubt, cos the signature was much clearer than the scrawny one shared recently when there was criticism of the SATs exam regime.
One the perceived u-turn – cos it isn’t – one former work colleague posted “She’s quoted by the BBC as saying ‘This is about being a listening government and I would consider myself to be a listening secretary of state. Better to have reforms than have none at all.’
I can’t make any sense of that last sentence.

Yep, as if it’s change for change sake.
But it isn’t.  It change to give control of schools to businesses.
It’s not abour education, and you can tell, cos what we learned under Labour was that there were four key things to look for – quality of leadership, quality of management, quality of teaching and quality of learning.  And those concepts were not in the letter.
Spending on schools almost trebled under New Labour and indeed, for the most soically challenged schools, it was more and it was quicker – wih big improvements in attainment.
Yes – you look back and think – if only we could have found a better way of assessing wider aspects of child development; if only we’d focussed harder on making the job market ready for the higher qualified children we were educating, if only we hadn’t put so much emphasis on the notion of super-heads, which has created a job spec for headteachers that so many seem to struggle to fulfil.
But it was a period of massive progress.  In contrast of what’s developing now – schools no longer being as inclusive, too many being expeled and taught out of mainstream, too many questions developing about the quality of the businesses being created to run our schools and too many being paid high wages out of proportion to the value they add, and too many teachers deciding the workplace is not a supportive enough environmnet, leading to both vacancies and to the employment of people who are not properly qualified.


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