David Cameron has made clear he will press ahead with plans to force all schools to convert to academies in the face of opposition by leading Conservatives and the Labour party.
Cameron said schools had “nothing to fear” after the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, confronted him with criticism of the plans at prime minister’s questions.
Pressed on why senior Tory MPs and councillors opposed forced academisation, Cameron defended the plans as “true devolution” that would make sure schools were run by “headteachers, not bureaucrats”.
Corbyn urged Cameron to drop the plans, citing opposition from teachers, parents, experts and Tory MPs to the “arbitrary top-down reorganisation” of English schools.
Cameron goes on:
“The truth is, even about outstanding or good schools, we want them to be even better and the truth is academies and greater independence, letting headteachers run their schools, has been hugely effective,” he said.
“Actually this is something started by the Labour government, given rocket boosters under this government. We have seen massive improvements in our schools because of academies and we say let’s get on with it, finish the job and give all our children a great opportunity."
To understand why this stance is causing so much controversy in the UK, it may be of value to read Wikipedia's definition of these academies:
These academies are effectively "charter schools" in NZ edspeak. I personally am horrified that a school can abscond from the national curriculum obligations. In New Zealand, we have a world-renowned curriculum that offers students a huge amount of diversity and exploration while ensuring key coverage of values, skills and content is maintained. I cannot see the UK approach being successful. From my investigations, these schools are heavily corporate funded and aligned and do huge damage to other less well-off surroundings.
Oh well, only time (and no doubt money) will tell. Better there than here!