Here, Liberal blogger and school governor Matthew Green makes a few observations about academies - mingled, with a bit of superflous fashion advice."There isn’t much money in converting to academy status; for that you need an outside sponsor. Since education departments are being cut back drastically (Lambeth is no exception, with the key decisions all being taken before last year’s election, not as a consequence of the Coalition’s cuts) the amount of support they can offer to LA schools is pretty minimal. Most of the things that schools might want to do (including forming relationships with their neighbouring schools and local authorities) can be done under either model, which cuts both ways. The best part of the process, one of the academy heads said, was that it forced the school to think about its vision and strategy, and how to carry it through."
"But leaders of schools need to do the best for their children and communities schools by working with government policy as they find it. The academies decision is a delicate process of weighing up pros and cons, often with no killer argument on either side. What is coming out of the anti academy movement is no help. It is so tempting to think that if that is the best their opponents can do, academies must be a good idea.The movement is its own worst enemy."
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