Chris Harvey

Academies

Academies

The academies system is over-centralised, inefficient and undemocratic.

Parents, communities and even teachers are shut out of decisions about
schools and vulnerable children are being let down. And there is no evidence
that academies deliver better results We will end the fragmentation and
marketisation of our school system by bringing free schools and academies
back under control of the people who know them best -- parents, teachers
and local communities.

Under our system:

- Budget and day-to-day decisions will be transferred back to schools,
overseen by an accountable governing body with elected representatives.

- Responsibility for delivery of education and support for young people will
sit with local authorities, they will manage admissions, and have responsibility
for school places, including the power to open schools

- Oversight and coordination, including of continuous, peer-to-peer school
improvement modelled on the London Challenge, will be carried out by
regional offices of the NES.

- All schools will be subject to a common rulebook, set out in legislation.

We will replace Ofsted and transfer responsibility for inspections to a
new body, designed to drive school improvement.

A new teacher supply service will tackle the waste of funds going to private
supply teacher agencies thanks to the government's failure to recruit and
retain experienced teachers.

We will take action to end 'off-rolling', removing the perverse incentives for
schools to let pupils fall out of the system, by making schools accountable
for the outcomes of pupils who leave their rolls.

We will properly regulate all education providers and reform alternative
provision (AP) to ensure an excellent education is the right of every child, and
improve the outcomes and life chances of some of the most vulnerable children
in society.

We will 'poverty-proof' schools, introducing free school meals for all primary
school children, encouraging breakfast clubs, and tackling the cost of
school uniforms. We will bring back the School Support Staff Negotiating Body
and national pay settlements for teachers.

We will close the tax loopholes enjoyed by elite private schools and use that
money to improve the lives of all children, and we will ask the Social Justice
Commission to advise on integrating private schools and creating a
comprehensive education system.

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