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Academies for all?

Academies for all?

Rejoice! The Chancellor has delivered us from darkness! All schools to become academies! Parent governors abolished in favour of professionals with ‘the right skills’! Extended hours for our secondary colleagues! Sugary drinks taxed! What could possibly go wrong with such a great plan?

I’ve nothing against academies. Like morris dancing or swinging – all very well if you like that sort of thing, just not for me. My governors have looked at conversion on more than one occasion and decided that the only people to benefit would be the lawyers, who would gain about £25k from the process. Also, they rightly fear being swallowed up by some massive multi-academy trust (MAT), perhaps a subsidiary of G4S (who run our prisons so well) or KFC (‘This school is finger lickin’ good’ – Colonel Wilshaw), and lose our distinctive, slightly quirky, but highly successful character. Now that element of choice has been taken away from us in the biggest shake up in education since, well, the last biggest shake up in education.

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