Academies plan turns schools into businesses, says union chief

Apr 6, 2016 by

ATL leader Mary Bousted tells conference forced academisation will not boost educational standards

Nicky Morgan’s plans to force all schools in England to become academies is an attempt to turn education into a business and destroy the public service ethos of teachers, according to the head of one of Britain’s teaching unions.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said the changes set out in the government’s education white paper, which would lead to 17,000 maintained schools being taken over by multi-academy trusts, contained a “big whopper – that the forced academisation of all schools will improve educational standards”.

“What is forced academisation of all schools really about? We know it’s not about education standards – it’s about running schools as businesses and it’s about breaking the public service ethos of teachers and school leaders,” Bousted told delegates at the ATL’s annual conference.

“Forced academisation is about taking parents out of the picture – no requirement for parent governors.

Source: Academies plan turns schools into businesses, says union chief | Education | The Guardian

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