27 Oct '14

News Are academies actually any good?

Corporate mantras, swanky furniture and slick management speak dont make good schoolsSome tell-tale emails have been dredged up, suggesting that superhead Dame Rachel de Souza may have been told in advance when schools in her academy chain might be inspected. Naughty, naughty: schools are only meant to be given half a days notice. And I thought academies were meant to be better than ordinary schools. If theyre not, whatever are they for?If a school needs perking up and fancies a uniform, Latin, Vera Wang tea sets and no national curriculum, fine but why call them academies? Why not just schools? Whats the difference? We pay for them. Not the sponsors. Perhaps they just want to sound a bit more Kensington and a bit less Worksop. Continue reading...

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