Academisation set to cost City Council hundreds of thousands of £’s!

What’s this about then?

As reported last year, the Tory government is pretty much forcing schools to become academies, and it’s said that every school in Peterborough will be run by an academy trust by 2025.

However, as detailed in this years Budget Consultation document, the Tory controlled City Council in Peterborough, say they expect to lose around £610,000 over the next 5 years, as a result!

The loss figure has been arrived at, as the Council will no longer receive business rates from schools.

At preset just over a quarter of the city’s schools are academies meaning they run independently of the city council and receive funding directly from Government.

With every school that converts to an academy, the council sees a reduction in the amount it receives in business rates and therefore won’t receive the amount that has been budgeted for in coming years. – PCC

What does Darren think?

If schools are performing well, why should they need to change? And if academisation is so brilliant, why do schools have to be forced to do it?

And why would anyone want schools with no parent governors? Not even one?

Not forgetting that the democratic accountability will be removed, as they’ll no longer be accountable to the local authority, which is made up of people elected by the local population to hold such organisations to account?

It doesn’t make any sense at all.

Unless of course it’s just an expensive way to eradicate previously poor Ofsted reports?


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