I dislike the Academy system. There is no evidence that Academisation leads to improved educational outcomes. Academies fragment educational provision – when it should be based on local co-operation. And worst of all, Academisation is a step towards marketisation of education.
I was extremely disappointed when the overwhelming majority of secondary schools in Brent volunteered to convert to Academy status, in response to a short term Government funding bribe.
But Copland is different. Copland is a school which has failed its pupils....(he gives details on why he thinks this is the case)
I am no fan of Academies, but the status quo is simply unacceptable. It is failing local children. Against this record of failure, I made the decision that only a radical new beginning could turn this school around.
An Academy conversion is the only credible step.Pavey claims that government cuts mean that Brent Council does not have the resources to support a school facing 'such deep problems'. He does not mention the Council's role in previous years in terms of financial monitoring which failed to discover the financial mismanagement which destabilised the school. the neglect of the building or the failure to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Perhaps most perplexingly he does not give any reasons why he thinks becoming an academy will solve these deep-seated problems or what evidence on the efficacy of academies he has used in reaching his decision.
It cannot be enough to wash his hands of the problem and hand staff and pupils over to an unproven and uncertain future.