Birmingham Scrutiny team are currently conducting an inquiry into academies and the future role of the Local Authority. I gave evidence today on behalf of the Ask Parents First campaign, then I stayed on for the next session in which they heard from 3 Converter Academy Headteachers. These Headteachers suggested that all the good schools in the city are academies and that therefore any co-operative model that the LA puts together will only be catering for the weak schools. The scrutiny team is holding one more session on 21st Oct but they don't have any Local Authority secondary headteachers lined up to counter this false representation of the facts. Are there any Birmingham secondary LA headteachers out there willing either to submit written evidence to the inquiry or to contact Cllr Anita Ward about giving evidence on the 21st Oct? Anita.Ward@birmingham.gov.uk
I know there are many many good LA schools in Birmingham that have not chosen the academy route for very good reasons, but this is not being represented to the Scrutiny Committee at the moment.