More failing schools to become academies
In the near future, schools rated by Ofsted as ‘underperforming’ are due to be turned into academies. The name ‘academy’ may not really mean much for some people but what it really means is that the school is state-funded and independently run by academy trusts or chains rather than by Local Authorities.
Already, many failing schools have been taken over and these are called sponsored academies. Although such schools would be called academies, not much would change for them in terms of the running of the school. However, they will be under a new direction and influence. These trusts and chains provide advice, support and, most importantly, expertise.
Academies have more freedom than other state schools over regarding their finances and how and what is taught. They do not need to follow national pay and conditions for teachers.
Brian Lightman, the leader of the Association of Schools and College leader said, “In many cases academisation maybe the best solution. However, in itself it is not a magic wand.”
There is ample evidence that academies improve standards and, with more power in the hands of head teachers, there is less bureaucracy.
The government claims that academies improve twice as fast as other state schools.
Money-wise, these trusts and chains are not allowed to make any profit, which is better for the parents and students. Currently, there are around 240 schools that have now been predicted to fail.
Will the schools change for the better or the worse?
Hannah, Year 7
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford