Government’s academy plan is flawed say Lancashire’s teachers

Flawed: Simon Jones
Flawed: Simon Jones
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Lancashire’s teachers leaders have criticised government warnings which could see schools not making the grade being forced to become academies.

Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday that under a Tory government high schools which are deemed to require improvement will be taken over

Simon Jones,the National Union of Teachers’ national executive member for Lancashire said: “Last week we saw three reports form the influential Education Select Committee, the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee heavily criticising the academies and free schools programme and pointing to the lack of evidence that it leads to improved standards.

“How much more evidence does the Government need before admits that its academy and free school programme has failed?”

He added the government should “turn its attention to the growing problem of insufficient school places, the drop in the number of applicants to train as a teacher and the fact that the number of teachers leaving the profession each year is at a 10-year high.

A spokesman for the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers added: “There is no evidence that it( the policy) raises standards.

“There is however a wealth of evidence to show it has caused fragmentation of the service and been instrumental in removing fundamental educational entitlements from children and young people including their right to a qualified teacher.