WCAT abandons Hanson school | Schools Week

Another example of a trust dumping a failing school.. I wonder who will end up having to bail the school out .. The Local Authority?   A second trust given a slice of £5 million northern academy hub funding has walked away from a school in special measures – meaning it has now been in … Continue reading WCAT abandons Hanson school | Schools Week

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Shortage of pupils closes Midland Studio Colleges in Nuneaton and Hinckley – Coventry Telegraph

from "Campaign to Save Education" If your school is facing cuts, think of where the money IS being spent. Over £1 million (excludes other running costs) was spent on start up grants to these two studio schools which have been unable to attract students and are closing over this holiday. If you are not angry … Continue reading Shortage of pupils closes Midland Studio Colleges in Nuneaton and Hinckley – Coventry Telegraph

MP joins call for talks over Hanson School, Swain House (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

Council gets involved when Academy Chain walks away from failing school BRADFORD Council has called for an urgent meeting with a Government officer for academies to try and determine the future of one of the city’s largest schools. Earlier this month the Wakefield City Academy Trust announced that it would no longer be taking over … Continue reading MP joins call for talks over Hanson School, Swain House (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

Ofsted pleased with progress at Bristnall Hall Academy « Express & Star

To prove that we are even handed - here is an academy good news story from the Black Country.  This is regarding a school forced to become an academy due to poor performance and how this has helped it turn around. It is worth pointing out that becoming an Academy is enforced on failing schools … Continue reading Ofsted pleased with progress at Bristnall Hall Academy « Express & Star

Plymouth Cast trust issued warning notice | Schools Week

Becoming an academy does not guarantee quality or improved standards .. school performance is down to the direct school leaders and leadership not its management structure. An under-fire academy trust has been given a warning notice and told to urgently improve, just weeks after an Ofsted inspection found serious weaknesses among its schools. The government … Continue reading Plymouth Cast trust issued warning notice | Schools Week

Ofsted: Greenwood Academies Trust has ‘let down pupils’ | Schools Week

This organisation is the sort that potentially could take over the Kings Heath and Moseley Schools once they have become Academies and only the Regional Schools Commissioner(RSC) would have a say in it.  The RSC is an unelected government appointee with no requirement to be answerable to the local community. Is this what we want … Continue reading Ofsted: Greenwood Academies Trust has ‘let down pupils’ | Schools Week

Birmingham: Academies as % of all Schools

Here is an extract of that post which centres on the perception that the LA is close to being closed down as most schools are academies. However the truth is - 75% of schools are still LEA controlled and monitored.

Academy News – Bristol Small MAT fights Big MAT Takeover

This is a link to details of a defence against the takeover of a small trust by by a bigger multi-national so called "Trust". Forming a MAT from of our local schools will not be the end of the story, it is the potential for issues such as this that concern the group.

Comments from Mike Leddy – Labour Councillor

One of our team went to see Steve McCabe, Labour MP for Selly Oak, as a constituent to further discuss this topic and his response, however Mr McCabe was not present and so they instead met with Mike Leddy, the Labour Councillor.

So what is the “Birmingham Education Partnership”?

Since we started our involvement regarding the Proposal an organisation keeps cropping up .. it is the "Birmingham Education Partnership" ..  So who and what exactly is this.. According to its web site Birmingham Education Partnership’s Mission Our mission is to secure a deeply good academic, social and civic education for every child and young … Continue reading So what is the “Birmingham Education Partnership”?