Another assault on democracy – academy schools

“As more and more schools are removed from local authority control and become academies, the role of governors has diminished – and with it a school’s accountability to local people, argues Andy Allen.

Contrary to the aim of the ‘school revolution’, multi-academy trusts are not autonomous at all, but answerable to a few unelected trustees. He calls for a new model in which local membership groups would elect forums to advise governing boards.”

In these days of schools having their funds cut, this is critical – with no-one in government to fight our corner – quite the opposite, in fact.