The date escapes us but papers were served and the Academy formed. Lets quickly summarise the Trojan:
- Academies can opt out of the national curriculum.
- Academies can free themselves from the control of local authorities.
- Academies can change the times of the school day and term time.
- Academies can change the pay and conditions of service of their teachers.
- Academies can get more money.
- Academies can decide how to spend their money.
You know what else they’ll say: synergy, co-operation, collaboration, excellence, control, performance, expectation, etc, etc..
Hang-on this doesn’t sound too bad does it. What can go wrong? Lets look at the Farce:
- The term dates get changed in an Academy Chain with around 2490 pupils in total, only 30% of which in year 7 are actually from the Primary feeder schools.
- Academies are given £25,000 to pay for the legal costs of conversion. Local authorities also have to pay for these costs out of Council Tax revenue.
- We’re glossing over several other aspects of this here…
Given that so few pupils in year 7 are from the Primary Schools in the Lumen Christi Academy there is going to be a disproportionate affect (negative) on the Families whose children attend Local Authority schools or whose parents work in them! Leap forward a few millennia and the decision wouldn’t look out of place in the dark ages where it was every-man for himself!
Undoubtedly the worst aspect of academy conversion is the direct effect on parents and the family.
Note of interest > There are 2 Government petition running asking to Hold a public inquiry and a referendum over turning all schools into academies and another to Scrap plans to force state schools to become academies.