Friday, 29 May 2015

Should For-profit Service Providers Take Over Coasting Schools?

James Croft, Director of the Centre for the Study of Market Reform in Education argues here that we should allow for-profit service providers to take over coasting schools.

Here's my view.

Question: Should we allow for-profit service providers to take over coasting schools?
Answer: We have already tried "for-profit service providers" and it failed. So the answer is "no".

IES Breckland was the first for profit free school and it was judged "inadequate" by OFSTED, as reported here
The Academisation policy has become like some sort of pseudo religious Aztec sun worship cult. In order to placate the population, the high priests deliver more and more sacrifices as their promises fail to deliver. There is absolutely no evidence that Academisation makes any difference to improving educational outcomes. But the political class does not need evidence. They want to drive up standards. Because standards are not improving fast enough they need to make more human sacrifices.
When they argue that all children should be in good schools, who can disagree? Without a GCSE maths pass between them they tell parents that all children should be in above average schools. So they reclassify “satisfactory” schools as “requires improvement”, and then sacrifice the leaders.

Most of us know what happened to the Aztec empire. It was a society based on fear, power, and human sacrifice, and it became extinct.
The Aztecs did not have the benefit of scientific reason. Let’s get some science into our education policy decision making.

The high priest of Academisation was deposed for a reason. Mr Gove was moved aside because his policies were pure voodoo. He dressed up his own fantasy ideas using a public school ability to put down reasonable people with a sharp wit.
Nicky Morgan does not have the intellect of Mr Gove, but she should be able to see where these crazy policies are leading us. Let’s stop sacrificing the teaching profession to a cult. Privatisation is not the answer.

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