”As Michael Needley, the leader of Sovereign’s education team, apparently told an audience of investors last year, education is a ‘tremendous sector’ for high-return investment firms. ‘Let’s all go forth,’ he said. ‘Let’s all make hay.’”
GR Comment: ”Here’s some details about how hedge funds and Tory donors are set to profit from enforced academisation. How this is meant to benefit anyone beyond the directors of the MATs goodness knows, but that’s beside the point – rich men will become richer from public finances in return for providing nothing” http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/25/jeremy-corbyn-tories-asset-stripping-education-nut-conference
GR Comment: ”I predict, that within the next few years, there will be growing concerns about corruption in Academy schools, Management Structures and Trusts. It has already emerged that there issues with some Academy school trusts employing paid consultants, having trust members on large salaries and some heads and senior staff taking huge increases in pay. Contrary to government ‘spin’, teachers are not being consulted or even being made aware of the their schools moving towards Academy status. There is insufficient transparency and monitoring in the administrative structure of the so-called trusts. It would be interesting to see if there has been increased spending on pupils needs and qualified teaching staff in schools that have gone over to Academy status. There is insufficient evidence, too, that there has been significant improvement in standards overall in going the Academy route – this was the spurious excuse given in the setting up of Academy schools. There are all sorts of issues that should concern us about the forced academisation of state schools: privatisation by the ‘back door‘; selection processes of pupils; breakdown of community schools and parental involvement; structure of so-called trusts. There are too many vested interests pushing this process of Academy schools, and not enough concern about pupil needs.”
GR Comment: whatever the NUT conference says you should do the opposite.
”I think you might be confusing the NUT for the tory government…. For example…
We have no plans to increase VAT
There will be no top down reorganisation of the NHS
We will build a balanced economy
We will eliminate the deficit by 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2040
Labour borrow and spend (our debt has doubled since the tories came to power and the tories have paid off less of the national debt and borrowed more than Labour ever have)
MUMSNET Comment: ”Look at the sale of playing fields info from another thread:
This article references ‘Eliot School’ in Wandsworth as one that is selling part of its land.
This is a link to information on the school’s web-site. Look at what they’re disposing :
Eliot School becomes an ARK academy in September.
The country will never, ever get that land back. And we are all letting it happen.”
GR Comment: ”Macademisation is what Corbyn should call it, for that is what it is.”