News and Support from The NASUWT
Education Committee Chair Graham Stuart MP launched the latest Education Select Committee report today, 6th November 2013. The report, School Partnerships and Cooperation, supports many of the arguments put forward by The NASUWT on academies and free schools.
Graham Stuart MP, Chair of The Education Committee, pointed out that the Education Select Committee, “support moves to give schools more freedom to innovate but we argue that the creation of a self-improving system needs a degree of coordination and strong incentives to encourage schools to look beyond their own school gate. Otherwise there is a danger that many schools will operate in isolation rather than in cooperation.” Many in education will agree with his warning of the danger of schools operating in isolation, something The NASUWT have said for a long time, but something the Secretary of State has ignored for an equally long time.
The Education Committee Chair then went on to note that academy chains, “raise particular questions and need specific solutions. We recommend that it should be made clear how academies can leave chains either with or without mutual consent. We also call for the Department for Education to monitor more effectively the extent to which convertor academies meet the expectation that they should support other schools.”
It’s refreshing to see the Education Select Committee highlighting concerns so often expressed by The NASUWT.
The report goes on to call for:
Commenting on the Education Select Committee’s report, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The NASUWT has been pressing the Government to recognise that no provider of public education should be considered too big to challenge.
“We welcome the Select Committee’s acceptance of arguments made previously by the NASUWT on the need to ensure that sponsors of academies and free schools are held to account on all aspects of their work, both at the level of the individual school and across their span of operation.
“The public has a right to expect that all providers of publicly funded education should be subject to rigorous public scrutiny and should be held to account robustly for their use of public money and the quality of provision for children and young people.
“The best way to secure public trust and confidence is by ensuring there is a truly independent inspection body that operates in the public interest rather than in the interests of the Secretary of State.”