Academies and Free Schools

23 March 2015

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Education Select Committee report on academies and free schools, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“This response by Government demonstrates breathtaking complacency. It fails to address the thoughtful and well considered findings of the Select Committee and instead merely signals its intention to continue to pursue its ideologically-driven academies and free school programme whatever doubts are raised or criticisms are levelled at it. The Government has ignored the compelling evidence of the negative impact of its policies on the schools’ landscape in England, on the accountability of schools and the lack of responsiveness of many academies to the families they serve. Moreover it refuses to acknowledge that despite the billions of pounds spent, there is no evidence to support the view that academies raise standards. It is in effect saying ‘business as usual’.

“Parents and teachers will take note that the Government refuses to put the brakes on its damaging education policies. This is a timely reminder ahead of the General Election.”

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