School academy plan ‘doomed to fail’, warns Blunkett

Mar 20, 2016 by

Former education secretary baffled by proposals to reform school approach

Former education secretary David Blunkett has warned that government plans to turn all schools into academies by 2022 are doomed to fail and could turn into a fiasco similar to Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms.

Writing in the Observer, Blunkett, who was the first to develop plans for academy schools under the Labour government in 2000, accuses Tory ministers of seeking “permanent revolution” instead of organic change, in a way that could discredit the entire academies programme.

In his budget last week, chancellor George Osborne announced that every state secondary and primary school will be forced to become an academy by 2020, or to have developed a firm plan to convert by 2022. But this has met a wall of opposition from teachers, unions and many Tory leaders of local government.

Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority. The day-to-day responsibility for running the schools lies with the headteachers or principals, but they are overseen by individual charitable bodies, called academy trusts, and may be part of an academy chain.

Source: School academy plan ‘doomed to fail’, warns Blunkett | Education | The Guardian

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