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Councils Forced to Set Up Academies, Claims ATL

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Forced to Set Up Academies, Claims ATL

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The Department for Education and Skills is putting 'unreasonable pressure' on councils in an effort to push through the controversial academy schools programme, a teaching union claims.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said there was 'incontrovertible' evidence that councils were being forced to set up academies or risk forfeiting their share of Building Schools for the Future refurbishment funding.

'Local authorities are told they will not get their Building Schools for the Future money unless they approve an academy within their plans,' ATL general secretary Mary Bousted told Public Finance.

'This threat is made irrespective of whether the local authority wants an academy, whether local parents are demanding an academy, or whether an academy will provide the best education for all pupils in that area.'

The controversy flared up again this week after Swindon Borough Council raised plans to transform the troubled Headlands School into an academy sponsored jointly by the United Learning Trust and Honda.

Phil Baker, the ATLs Swindon branch secretary, told PFth-dt the DfES would only let the council rehouse the school if it became an academy. …

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