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Budget 2016 Announcements on Academisation

Commenting on the Budget 2016 announcements on academisation Dave Hill, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“We share the government’s ambition to improve standards in all schools for all children and young people, but evidence to date suggests that changing structures alone will not foster improvement. Without careful thought and planning the academisation of all schools may be counterproductive, adding further confusion to an increasingly disjointed school system leaving our most challenging pupils at risk of slipping through the cracks. ADCS members are concerned about the unintended consequences of these government aims including the viability of smaller schools in the future, particularly those in rural communities, they are at the heart of the community.

“Councils have already spent millions of pounds supporting the complex legal processes of conversion including transferring staffing contracts and leasing land to academy trusts; resources which could be better focussed in the classroom, on outstanding teaching and strong leadership. In some areas council budgets have been cut by 40% and this move represents an additional drain on resources, exacerbating the financial challenges we already face. This is simply unsustainable.

“Schools are part of our universal early help offer, the way schools harness and support children and families is vital. Local authorities are responsible for promoting equality for all children and have worked in partnership with schools to share learning and good practice. Our plea is that children and young people are at the forefront of decisions, not political rhetoric. We must remember our common rather than opposing agendas - to improve educational outcomes for children and young people and work together, with our education providers and our Regional Schools Commissioners, to achieve the best outcomes for our learners.”

ENDS


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