A Sad Tale of the Dismantling of State Education Accountability

5 Oct

The Learning Renaissance

Life in a multi-academy trust is like working on the Death Star, says our Secret Teacher. Photograph: Allstar/Lucas Film Life in a multi-academy trust is like working on the Death Star, says our Secret Teacher. Photograph: Allstar/Lucas Film

In the UK the current government policy is to strip schools from the local accountability of the county councils and pass over control of schools to Academy Trusts. A similar process is underway in the United States, branded as Charter Schools. In effect, this is the handing over of state educational assets to private companies to the tune of billions of £s or $s! At the same time local accountability of these schools is taken away from local people.

The people running these multi academy trusts (MATS in the UK) generally operate on a managerial management model which stresses product rather than process and looks to solve issues in short time scales. The accompanying article gives a flavour of how the process feels for a teacher: Becoming an academy destroyed my…

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