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ULT EXPANDS ACADEMY EMPIRE

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ULT expands Academy empireThe United Learning Trust was told to stop expanding its empire after Ofsted branded its 2 Sheffield Academies ‘inadequate’. Yet this week ULT have been allowed to take over another Academy chain, the Emmanuel Schools Foundation Academies. The addition of these 4 schools take it to 21 secondary schools.

This is the beginning of the process that most people who campaign against Academies have predicted – the growth of monopoly education providers. ULT is now larger than many local authorities.

Some important questions need to be asked about this:

  • How can ULT, which was told by the government to stop expanding its empire after it’s 2 Academies in Sheffield were branded inadequate by Ofsted, be allowed to continue to expand?
  • When a school changes proprietor – do staff, parents or pupils have a say, or are they simply part of the furnishings?
  • Has any money changed hands?
  • ULT will now make some savings on economies of scale. Will any staff lose jobs at Emmanuel? Will all money be ploughed back into education?
  • In the future will all companies plough all money back in?

This is a worrying development, and one celebrated by Michael Gove in this press release. http://www.ucst.org.uk/news/view/344/Emmanuel-Schools-Foundation-Academies-to-join-the-United-Learning-Trust
 
 
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TUC conference: The future for our schools

The TUC have organised a major conference on education on Saturday 27th November.
More details and registration here http://www.tuc.org.uk/industrial/tuc-18598-f0.cfm
 
 
News

Burnham pledges to cast shadow over the new breed of academies

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6060788

Vocational grade values too high, academy heads admit

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6060256

Catholic Education Service latest on Academies

http://www.antiacademies.org.uk/Home/headlines/catholiceducationservicelatestonacademies
 
For schools and headteachers, autonomy can lead to disaster 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/oct/12/headteachers-autonomy-performance-disaster?intcmp=239 
 
True parent power means sticking by your local school 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/oct/12/school-management-freedom 

Education Flash Mob (against cuts & academies)

Protestors at the SSAT conference on Academies addressed by Michael Gove http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQaoSyhTgxM

 
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