Primary Academies - press release
Tuesday 10 April 2012
Commenting after the debate on Motion 46, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“The Government is forcing primary schools into academy status by any method possible despite there being no evidence at all that becoming an academy will improve educational standards or that it is a model that can work effectively for primary schools.
“There is a danger that primary heads will find themselves spending more time on procurement and contractual issues than on leading teaching and learning in their schools. This is unsustainable and not the right direction for primary education.
“In some cases primaries are being swallowed into secondary academies where there is a strong danger that they will lose their distinct pedagogic practice and their ethos.
“The NUT will support all those school communities – heads, teachers, parents and governors – who resist forced academy status and the undemocratic practices which we have seen as part of this process. These have no place in England’s education system.”