Wednesday 1 May 2013

Call for DfE to recognise Gladstone Park's progress without forced academisation

The Parents' Action Group at Gladstone Park Primary School have issued the following encouraging statement:

Despite improving children’s performance by significantly more than the national average, Gladstone Park Primary School in Dollis Hill, North-West London was rated “inadequate” by an Ofsted inspection in November 2012. This was based on progress in Years 3 to 5 being classed as too slow.

However, results for the Autumn and Spring 2012/13 terms now show that progress across Key Stage 2 year groups (Years 3 to 6) is well above expectations.

Using the standard Average Point Score measure, Key Stage 2 children are expected to progress by 1 point per term on average in reading, writing and maths. Over the Autumn and Spring Terms, where 2 points progress for each year group would be expected, the overall average figures for Gladstone Park Primary School are:
Year Three: 2.0 points
Year Four: 2.7 points
Year Five: 3.4 points
Year Six: 4.8 points
If, as anticipated, this trend continues through the Summer Term, it will make Gladstone Park Primary School one of the best performing in the country in terms of value added (progress against expectations). This is thanks to the school’s own improvement plan, with the support of the Local Education Authority and other local community schools, and the energy and commitment of the teachers.

Yet despite these results, the Department for Education (DfE) is still trying to force Gladstone Park Primary School to become an academy, over the objections of parents, governors and staff. The DfE says that it will select an academy sponsor and impose it on the school, and only then consult with the parents over what is effectively a done deal.

However, such a change would be highly disruptive, and threatens to undo all the good work done so far.

Mike Baker who has a child in reception said:
The DfE should recognise the excellent progress made by the school under its existing governance arrangements, and end the uncertainty over its future by withdrawing the threat to forced academisation. This is in the interests of our children’s education, which should surely be everyone’s paramount concern.

1 comment:

Educ_Reform said...

As has been well established, the DfE operate with an overt focus on their own agenda - the expansion of the Academies programme. This allows them only a superficial engagement with a democratic determination of the optimal means to remedying school problems.

In a dialogue with the DfE I have been pursuing all year, they blatantly failed to answer why they bullied schools :

I have frequently advocated that a public inquiry is warranted into DfE behaviours. You can add the recently revealed monstrously expensive financial mismanagement of schools to the scope of such an inquiry. The PAC were astounded by their finding - and their number included Tory ministers.