Moderate teachers’ union backs calls for industrial action over Government plan to force schools to become academies

Schools are being lined up ‘in preparation for wholesale privatisation,’ Mark Baker said PA A traditionally moderate teachers’ union has thrown its weight behind calls for industrial action over the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers voted unanimously in favour of urging its executive to consider action if the Government failed to listen to its opponents and withdraw the plan. The union’s move follows a decision by the National Union of Teachers over the Easter weekend to ballot its members on…

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School leaders overwhelmingly opposed to Government’s academies plan, poll finds

The poll was conducted by the NUT Getty Images Only a tiny proportion of school leaders support the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies, a new survey suggests. Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget earlier this month confirmed that every school in England would be on its way to becoming an academy by 2020 – whether local parents and teachers supported the move or not. The plans would end the century-old role local councils have played in running education in their areas, including in primary schools. Ninety-three per cent of headteachers, their…

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Budget 2016: School days to become longer as all schools forced to become academies

Moves to force every English state school to leave council control and become an academy within six years will be set out by George Osborne in a Budget designed to “put the next generation first”. The Chancellor will also announce an initiative to enable thousands of head teachers to scrap schools’ traditional “home time” of 3.30pm and stay open longer. He is expected to present a cautious Budget package because of the growing strains on the public finances, but he is also determined to show ministers retain a zeal for…

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New academies laws were passed by Parliament last night: here is what they mean for you and your school

The government has passed legislation that will turn ‘inadequate’ schools into academies The Education and Adoption Bill, which will force all schools deemed to be “failing” to be turned into academies, completed its passage through Parliament last night. It will become law “as soon as possible” once it receives royal assent, the Department for Education has said. But what is a “failing” school, and what could the new law mean for you? If a maintained school is rated “inadequate” by Ofsted, it will become an academy This is the bill’s…

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Academies face crackdown amid concerns about standards

Michael Gove visits Durand Academy School in Stockwell Rex Features Struggling academies and free schools are to face a crackdown amid concerns about the quality of some chains, England’s new schools tsar has revealed. Sir David Carter, who was appointed National Schools Commissioner in December, used his first interview in the job to set out his plans to identify the 100 weakest academies and introduce a new hierarchical system for academy chains which would only allow the best to expand. Sir David announced his plans in the week that the…

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