Academy myths – attainment and autonomy is designed for printing and distribution at meetings. It links to a detailed and fully referenced information file. These resources were developed soon after the 2016 White Paper.
A brief introduction can be found in three NUT Edufacts
- Academies, attainment and school improvement
- Free schools
- Private schools and the academies and free school programmme
Secretary of State Nicky Morgan’s complacent response to MPs’ growing concerns is highlighted in Education minister evasive about academy problems (24 March 2015)
Attainment and school improvement
Our post (March 2015) Sponsored academy myth in shreds summarises evidence of the failure to improve attainment. It includes links to key research studies.
Financial issues, including for-profit schools
The problems of various kinds of academy ‘sponsorship’, including universities and large chains, are examined in Sponsorship mess threatens children’s future (posted 26 March 2015). As an interesting case study, this post also outlines the process whereby a Government insider was handed a school despite parental opposition.
Admissions (including academic or social selection)
The impact of academies, free schools and foundation schools in a nominally comprehensive area are examined in a case study of Blackburn: Free schools increase educational apartheid. See also Free schools – where next? (Rebecca Morris)
Flawed ‘research’ from a Conservative think tank used to justify the expansion of free schools was exposed in our post of 9 March 2015.