The Bethnal Green Technology College saga continues with petitions now being launched
to stop the school becoming an Academy. As I've said in a couple of posts, I'm supporting its bid for Academy status because of the financial situation it's facing and because, contrary to what is being said about it by various union officials, it is not being privatised; no private company is "taking over it". It's just becoming independent of the local authority in order to manage its own admissions, finances etc.
I hope whatever happens the various parties involved will have the children's best interests at heart. If it stays in local authority control, then it needs to stop being the "dumping ground" for all the problem children in the Borough -- they need to be spread fairly and equally throughout the relevant neighbouring schools -- and will need extra financial support to carry it through the next couple of years.
I think certain people on the"left" are making a big mistake in thinking that going for "Academy status" is a "right-wing" thing to do. It can be in certain situations, but it needs to be treated case by case. Clearly, there are a number of Academies that have helped disadvantaged children very considerably.