These are also schools which are generally in deprived areas where the majority of children don't get the same input or support as other children. This all helps to reach the magical 'L4' in SATs, which to be honest are seen by most to be as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Have been listening to a debate about this on R5, and one of the people they talked to said it much better than I could have - is it really that the poor teachers and poor headteachers, only teach in schools in deprived areas? No. These 'failing' schools are often schools with good teachers, good headteachers and hugely variable cohorts. Pumping money and extra support and facilities into these Academies is all well and good, but what happens when the money isn't there, or the goalposts are moved again? What happens when someone decides that a failing school is now one that doesn't get 80% to L4, or 60% to L5?
When these 200 have improved, then there will be another 200 schools waiting to take their place as the 'failing' schools.
If these schools turn into academies and results improve, then it was a good thing.
Then why not turn the next 200 worse performing schools into academies?
If however these schools turn into academies and results don't improve, then it was either a neutral or bad thing.
These 'failing' schools are often schools with good teachers, good headteachers and hugely variable cohorts
Being an academy doesn't mean you have to fire good teachers and good headteachers..........
These schools may have good HTs, and they may not. Getting someone else to review the situation and ask the hard questions does not seem like a bad idea....... It is very hard to fire HTs or teachers. Out of these 200 schools, some of them will have bad HTs, and some of them will improve by becoming an academy.
Whether lots of them will improve - I have no idea......
I agree with anything which genuinely wants to give the children in poorer schools a better chance. It is obviously true to say that many children start at school from a different base. A different learning level
Turning a school into an Academy removes it from Local Authority control. It's run by the governors,the sponsors have an automatic majority. So who do you complain to f it goes wrong? Why, Michael Gove, who just staked his political career on it being OK. Things like SEN funding is kept by the school, not shared round all kids by need. Dd's (grammar) school became an Academy to keep that money and not have it shared round the kids who really need it. Most of whom are not grammar school girls, surprise. Not at all sure about this, the secondary experience has not shown general improvements for kids.