How do we manage the fear factor promoted readily by the proponents of Academisation?
At the moment, the majority of primary schools are generally keeping their heads down (no pun intended) and trying to avoid this issue preferring a wait and see strategy. Does this make sense? They know the focus is on the target 200 and the odd skirmish in London, so if they keep quiet things might be alright, perhaps?
Is the best strategy to jolt them out of this and start the debate now to get a clear decision about the future creating a noble defence of wide community involvement in the process - and then make these intentions and decisions very clear to SoS? Wait and see seems to me to be a strategy that just allows Gove to decide. He knows he will need to feed more schools to the edu-chains at some point when they realise that the yields in the primary sector are pretty limited.