Academies do not improve education

Alison Higgs's picture
Academies are all about undermining trades unions and local authorities. They are unaccountable and because costs come first, create a drain of older, experienced teachers - which our yound people need.

I am 100% behind local schools - I believe that if the market and other forms of competition between schools (including league tables) were done away with, schools would have a balanced intake which would improve all of them.

I was educated in the comprehensive system, the only person in my extended family to go to university. I wish my children could have grants to support their studies and I wish there was more emphasis on education for its own sake, rather than training up ordinary people for the modern day equivalent of factories.

I have been a school governor and local councillor.
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