“Government proposals to force all schools to become Academies, outside of Local Authority Control, will not improve teaching and learning”, says Maggi Ferncombe, UNISON Regional Secretary for the South East.
“The government constantly claims that changing schools to academy status, will automatically make them better. But many schools judged outstanding by Ofsted have seen standards decline since becoming academies, including 25% of those inspected in 2015.
“This is nothing more than flawed Tory Party ideology, which will see all schools taken out of the control of democratically elected Local Authorities.
“Forcing 15,000 schools out of Local Authority control is neither guaranteed to improve teaching and learning standards, nor ensure better financial management.
Commenting on the Chancellor’s proposal to extend the school day, Maggi Ferncombe went on to say
“Many schools already extend their day by providing breakfast, after school and homework clubs. These clubs are now at risk of being removed due to financial pressures on schools, which are a direct result of government cuts to school budgets.
“This announcement is likely to mean yet more work for school staff, who already work long hours, and will do nothing to improve morale or standards”