One of our team wrote to Roger Godsiff MP to ask for advice and support regarding our work to increase awareness of the proposed changes. They received the following response –
“Thank you for your email about the proposals to create a multi-academy trust out of seven schools in Moseley and Kings Heath. I am opposed to academies as I believe that it is that it is better for schools to remain under local authority control and be run for the public good. Unlike academies, maintained schools are accountable to the taxpayer and the council, and held to strict financial standards. The recent news stories about the deficit and financial wrongdoing at the Perry Beeches Academy Trust highlight the potential for misuse of public funds by academies when they are removed from public oversight. I do not believe that public services should be handed over to private institutions unless there are clear, compelling reasons to do so. There is no evidence at all to suggest that forcing schools to become academies will improve standards.
I am concerned about these plans in Moseley and KH, particularly as there seems to be a lot of opposition from parents. I will write to the cabinet member at the council with responsibility for education to explain that my constituents are concerned about these plans. I will also ask what is being planned and why, the timeline, when the full consultation document will be released, and what steps are being taken to take into account the wishes of parents and teachers at these schools.