‘This school is your school. This school is my school,’ belts out the chorus in a song protesting against Government plans to make all schools academies.
In theory, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has pulled back from plans to force all schools to become academies by 2022. In reality, she expects all schools to do so using such spurious reasons as a ‘tipping point’ when a majority of children in a local authority are educated in academies.
As academies tend to be large secondary schools and not small primary schools, this could result in all primary schools in an area, even those judged good or outstanding, being forced to become academies. And being small means most primaries could not be standalone but would have to join multi-academy trusts (MATs). They would then lose the autonomy they already enjoy – the amount of freedom allowed subsidiary academies is in the gift of academy trustees.
So join in with the teachers’ choir and protect our schools from MAT takeover. And if you’re in any doubt, then listen to former Education Secretary Michael Gove saying how he would let groups like Serco run schools.