Stories + Views
Omissions in Academy Funding Agreements and one rather shocking addition!
The model funding agreement for Academies version 2 is much shorter than that for Labour academies. Here are some of the omissions causing the most concern:
In the model agreement there is:
1. No duty to promote the well-being of children
2. No requirement to produce a school development plan
3. No duty to work with partners on local 14-19 arrangements
4 No arrangement to pass pupil performance data to the LA for strategic planning purposes
5. No obligation to publish a prospectus
6. No duty to have a crisis management plan in place before the academy opens
This in a wider context which includes the removal from all schools of the “duty to cooperate”.
Also, here is a rather worrying clause (no. 28) from the new model funding agreement:
“The Academy Trust shall have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State on sex and relationship education to ensure that children at the academy are protected from inappropriate teaching materials and they learn the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and for bringing up children.”
That’s a nice one for single parent families and civil partnerships, isn’t it? Very 21st century……
Also, looks like you can pretty much toss the “Governors’ Guide to the Law” away, if you are an academy governor, as it seems very little of it actually applies.
I suppose this is the “freedom” they keep banging on about–freedom to let academies do pretty much what they like and hang the consequences for anyone else–all at the taxpayers’ expense, of course