THE HEAD of Passmores Academy has reacted with anger that the Tory government will force all schools to become academies.
Vic Goddard said: “I think democracy and freedom to choose is an important part of our country’s heritage. I feel that the role of the LA in ensuring admissions are done fairly and that our young people with a special educational need are given the right support is vital.
“We already see academy chains around the country cherry picking who they offer places to and telling parents that they cannot meet the needs of certain children. This is both illegal and unacceptable as all schools are funded in the same way and have the same legal and moral responsibility to meet the needs of the community. My greatest fear is that without the LA being in a position to oversee these things the situation will only become worse.
“The LA is able to act as a defender of the rights of our young people at a time when it is too easy to improve a school’s position in the league table, and with Ofsted, purely by removing any young person that won’t help with results. I am fearful that this may help increase elitist and unjust behaviour by any academy that will no longer have enough scrutiny of their behaviour. I really hope that the government will consider this danger and put a system of scrutiny in place to protect our communities from such unscrupulous behaviour.
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