Magazine article Public Finance

Review of Academy Schools Is Routine Not Retreat, Says Balls

Magazine article Public Finance

Review of Academy Schools Is Routine Not Retreat, Says Balls

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Schools Secretary Ed Balls has dismissed suggestions that the government is abandoning its flagship academy schools programme.

In September, Balls asked the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, the Treasury and the Department for Children, Schools and Families to review the effectiveness of the academies.

Teaching unions welcomed the news of the review, which emerged this week. The National Union of Teachers claimed it marked a serious retreat on the policy.

NUT General Secretary Steve Sinnott said: 'Ed Balls' decision to review academies is highly significant. It means that the government is beginning to realise that academies are not fit for purpose: that of tackling the needs of socially deprived youngsters.'

A spokeswoman for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said she hoped the review was a significant one. 'We all want the kids who are performing least to get a better chance, but we don't think academies are the right way to give them that,' she told Public Finance. …

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