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Academies not a universal panacea – education boss

EDUCATION chief Councillor Norman Davies said that the Academies Bill had been rushed through Parliament “with indecent haste”.

EDUCATION chief Councillor Norman Davies said that the Academies Bill had been rushed through Parliament “with indecent haste”.

Speaking at last week’s meeting, the cabinet member for education and young people, said he was sceptical about the proposals.

“Academies are not a universal panacea; there are many highly successful schools that aren’t academies,” he said.

“What matters most is the quality of the staff and particularly the leadership, not the title of academy or a bit of extra money.”

He advised other schools which are considering becoming academies to take their time and not “rush” a decision.

Coun Ken Meeson, leader of the Conservative group, said that academies had been around for a long time and were here to stay.

“In the past, governments put immense pressure on schools to become academies. The previous government claimed that schools which became academies improved.”

Coun Nick Stephens (Lab, Chelmsley Wood) said: “I think the last Labour government did a lot of good in terms of education.

“But I don’t agree with everything they did and one area where I have misgivings is academies.”

 

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