Julia‘s daily ramble extract –
This means a school is controlled by a corporation.
Failing schools are forced to become academies.
And increasingly large numbers of schools are being failed, including my local primary for very minor reasons. Ofsted is therefore more stressful than ever, for staff and kids.
Michael Gove (aaaaagh) talks about “improvements” and “promised benefits” for academies. Though “promised” does not mean they will actually happen. And he doesn’t say in whose interest the improvements and benefits are.
From what I see in schools, the governance of schools has less and less to do with kids well being and education. And staff are struggling more and more to do right by the kids whilst still obeying their orders from above.