We've had a letter home informing us that our DC's school is 'exploring the possibility' of becoming an academy and are holding meetings about it. I'm told this pretty much means they have already decided to but have to be seen to consult the parents.
Has this happened at your DC's school, and has it made any difference as far as you can tell? I feel a bit unsure on this subject because the idea of giving more power to HTs is a bit unsettling. If any problems are not sorted out within school, who is the next authority to turn to if not the LEA anymore?
The letter states that nothing will change in the school's admissions policy and attitude towards SEN children, but if they are no longer answerable to anyone, how do parents know that this is actually true?
I wouldn't assume it's a done deal. It is a very complicated decision, and it may or may not have been decided yet.
Why do you have faith in your current LEA? Have they actually been any good at sorting out problems so far? What do you actually know about them?
Why don't you have faith in your HT and governing body?
Schools really don't have much choice over whether to change or not. In fact Lincolnshire has asked all it's schools to convert. The main reason schools are converting as because they would be at a disadvantage to stay with the LEA.
Honestly, nothing has to change - besides administrative stuff like who does the payroll.
Dd's school has just become an academy this year. She has only just started reception, I was told it means they will have a bit more freedom to spend their budget where they think it is needed. It is a good school, so although I'm only 3 weeks in, I have faith in it at the moment.