At yesterday’s Full Council meeting Derbyshire Labour Group amended the Council Plan to help prevent Derbyshire schools being forced to become academies. A recently produced Government White Paper has suggested all schools will be made to become academies in a process set to be completed by 2022.
Labour members are concerned that this process is unnecessary and will strip communities of their say in how schools are run. They voted yesterday to amend the council plan, creating a new priority agreeing to oppose enforced academisation and offer support to schools that do not want to become academies, working with Governing Bodies, parents and community groups and others nationally and locally.
Councillor Jim Coyle, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that academies improve pupil outcomes. This is a cynical move from a Government which is riding roughshod over local democracy and jeopordising the education of our children.”
Councillors from all political parties across the country have voiced opposition to the plans as well as community groups, unions and school staff. Derbyshire Labour group is keen to work with all interested parties to oppose the government’s plans.
Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added: “The Education Secretary needs to take heed of all the concerns from families, teachers, unions and experts who say that these plans are dangerous; we will join their calls for a rethink of this strategy.”