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Gove admits it: there needs to be an “intermediary level” between academies and central government
Mr Gove has admitted that there aren’t enough accountability mechanisms to monitor academies. He told a breakfast meeting organised by Ark Schools that no one had suggested “an ideal set up” for such a mechanism before falling back on trumpeting “greater transparency of data” and “a refocused Ofsted”.
Then he added that there needed to be an “intermediary level” between schools and central government. But haven’t we got just such mechanisms at the moment? And aren’t they called local authorities? And isn’t Mr Gove busy dismantling this cushion by encouraging schools to break free from what he misleadingly calls “Local Authority control”?
As well as admitting what many on this site have been pointing out for months – that there is no method of accountability between academies and central government – Mr Gove insulted head teachers throughout England by telling them to “stop whingeing” and get on with the job.
Russell Hobb, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, told the TES, that Mr Gove’s message would be resented by the profession.
“It’s a bit rich to suggest that people who complain during the biggest budget cuts in a generation are whingeing,” he said, before accusing Mr Gove of “doing exactly the same thing in whingeing about how the [current] system is not working.”