Showing posts with label Schools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Schools. Show all posts

Saturday 5 June 2010

Schools to become Academies

The new government is pleasing all schools in England to become academies and encouraging parents to set up their own schools. 
What is an academy?
Academies are publicly-funded schools which operate outside of local authority control. They have more freedom than other schools in the state sector over issues such as teachers' pay and how the school is governed.
They also have greater freedom to digress from the national curriculum. Academies are established with government cash. They are often housed in new state-of the-art buildings and there are currently 203 of them in England.
What is a free school?
Free schools were Education Secretary Michael Gove's flagship policy in the run-up to the general election. The aim is to give parents' groups, charities, trusts and voluntary groups the chance to set up and operate schools.
The scheme is based on the system in Sweden, where non-profit and profit-making groups can set up schools - funded by the government - but free from its control.
Courtesy: BBC Q&A
There are currently 203 academies in England, compared with about 3,500 secondary schools. But Sally Coates, the principal at Burlington Danes Academy school in west London, expects the benefits offered by academy status will entice more into taking up the government's invitation to convert.

The NUT (National Union of Teachers) said the move could spell the end of state-provided education. The ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers) union has described the coalition's academy proposals as "irresponsible" and the NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers) said the scheme could "segregate and fragment communities". Before the election, the Liberal Democrats described the concept of free schools as a "shambles".

Saturday 15 May 2010

Michael Gove Appointed as the new Education Secretary

Michael Gove has set out his priorities for education, saying they will mark a new era.
The new Education Secretary confirmed that Conservative plans for "free" schools and more academies would be the focus for change.
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Eton College. Breeding Ground for British Prime Ministers

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Tuesday 27 April 2010

General Election 2010: top state head teachers back Conservative education plans

Conservative plans to allow schools to break free of local council control have been publicly endorsed by some of the leading state head teachers in England

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 31 heads and governors back a Conservative pledge to give high-performing state schools autonomy within months of a general election victory.

They will be allowed to convert into semi-independent academies as early as September this year if the Tories win, giving them more power over the curriculum, qualifications, staff, budgets and admissions.

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