Nicky Morgan addresses school leaders’ conference (NAHT press release)
School leaders express their concerns about forced academies:
"Today Education Secretary Nicky Morgan addressed NAHT’s annual conference. In making her speech, the Secretary of State touched on a range of issues important to school leaders, including turning all schools into academies, assessment and school leadership.
Commenting on the speech, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, says: “with so much change within education, we welcomed Nicky Morgan to our conference to explain her arguments for the government’s reforms.
“We welcome the apology for the serious mistakes at Key Stage 1, which saw the publication of the grammar, spelling and punctuation tests. The announcement that the number of schools below the floor will not increase significantly is also a welcome assurance that will remove a lot of unnecessary uncertainty for school leaders.
“However, NAHT would like to see an independent review of the whole primary assessment system, involving school leaders, teachers and parents, all of whom have expressed concerns about the current system. This would be the clearest sign that the government is really committed to listening. We cannot endure another year of chaos.
“Nicky Morgan’s assertion that every school should become an academy in order to become more autonomous is undermined by the biggest loss of autonomy of all – the freedom to choose. Schools often already work in clusters, showing that this collaborative model of working can exist in the mixed system we have at the moment. Indeed, the Secretary of State recognises this in her support of our Aspire project, an example of collaborative working to improve schools.
“We have raised concerns around the impact of government plans on small, rural schools, so welcome assurances that no good rural schools will close under the government’s plans. However, we will have to see the specific detail of such proposals.
“School leaders welcome dialogue with the Secretary of State, but it’s clear the government is not winning the argument on its academy plans. There appears to be a widening gap between the government and the profession on the key issues that matter to parents and that affect the lives of children.”
A large group of people met today to protest against the forced academy programme of the Tory Government.
Please write to your local MP to protect schools for the future of our children.
We believe in local schools for local children:
- Schools should be run by teachers, parents and local authorities not Academy Chains.
- Headteachers say they have little say in there running of academy chain schools.
- The Government is giving away our school buildings and grounds.
- They are stopping parents being governors.
- Local authority primary schools are overwhelmingly good or outstanding.
- Ofsted finds that local authority schools do far better than Academy Chains.
- Children deserve to be taught by qualified teachers.
- The financial auditing of Academy Chains has found to be poor.