Say no to the academisation of Deal schools - our kids deserve better

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Petitioning – Governors of Deal Parochial, Hornbeam, Kingsdown & Ringwold, Northbourne CE, Sandown, Sholden CE and The Downs CE primary schools

Say no to the academisation of our schools – our kids deserve better

As parents, teachers, support staff and community members we call upon the governors of Deal Parochial, Hornbeam, Kingsdown & Ringwold, Northbourne CE, Sandown, Sholden CE and The Downs CE primary schools to halt the academisation of our schools in the interests of our children and community.

 We do not want our community schools to become part of a Multi-Academy Trust because:

1.           The move could jeopardise educational standards 

All of our schools are already rated ‘good’ and are working closely together as part of the Deal Learning Alliance. We do not see what benefits such a move would make to our schools. Further than this we fear standards at our schools may be threatened by the move due to academies having the freedom to employ unqualified teachers unlike local authority maintained schools. We are also aware that average salaries for teachers in academy schools are lower and therefore schools may struggle to attract the best teachers our children deserve.     

 2.           Multi-Academy Trusts draw money away from frontline teaching

There is an increasing body of evidence of growing layers of highly paid bureaucracy within MATs which is taking resources away from front-line teaching and learning. Resources our schools can ill afford at a time of education funding cuts. This year the Department for Education has written to 213 MATs asking them to justify the high salaries they paid to academy bosses.

 3.           Multi-Academy Trusts are less accountable to parents

MATs can do away with local governing boards. All power ultimately rests with the trustees who can delegate power to local governing boards if they wish to. In addition to Local Authority appointed governors our schools currently have staff and parent governors who can take up parent and staff concerns. Kent County Councillors can also be lobbied and are held accountable through the ballot box when there are concerns about a school. This would end if our schools formed a multi-academy trust, leaving our local community powerless to hold our schools to account. 

4.           There is no going back from academisation

The academisation of a school is a permanent change. There currently exists no mechanism for an academy to return to local authority maintained status, even when that is in the best interests of the schools and the will of the parents and staff. Academy schools can only be re-brokered which means they are given to another academy trust to run. Parents, staff and the community have no say in this process. Castle Community College (now Goodwins Academy) which became an academy in 2010 has been re-brokered twice.

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