The Great City Academy Fraud
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This highly controversial and compelling book exposes the government's city academies project: the ways in which companies and rich individuals have been persuaded to sponsor academies, their real reasons for sponsoring them, the lies that have been told in support of the academies project, and the disastrous effect it will have on Britain's schools.
It brings together existing research, by the author and others, and adds new research, to build up a picture of a deeply flawed idea, which is educationally disastrous and inherently corrupt. In his provocative yet fascinating tour de force, Francis Beckett pulls the plug on the most high-profile educational scam for decades.
Churches reached their limits, some public bodies started to come into the scheme – using public, not private, money. Public bodies acting as sponsors include the University of the West of England (one of two sponsors of City Academy, Bristol); City University (one of two sponsors of proposed academy in Islington); the Corporation of London (sponsor of City of London Academy, Southwark, and one of two sponsors of a proposed academy in Islington); Kent County Council (one half of sponsorship of.
Success. Confidence has been restored. Last July, when the school learned of the London suicide bombings, most pupils wanted to stay on site. That is where they felt safe … Asked if, ten years ago, he would have sent his children to Islington Green, he chooses, with proper professional discretion, to answer a different question. ‘I would certainly send them here now.’ What on earth would make such a head walk out of the job suddenly, without warning, halfway through the term? I’m told, on good.
‘conservatoire’. However – as Mr Blunkett might have said, and probably did – it’s easy to sneer. Academies are tackling deep-seated problems. If it works, it works. And if it works, why should we care that the idea seems silly, that we cannot find a decent reason for bringing in sponsors, that it is a warmed-up Conservative policy, or even that ministers cannot explain it without falling back on dead management jargon? Success is its own justification. If it works, that would be justification.
Million each, which made the sponsor s �2 million sound like a respectable contribution. The average for each of the first 12 was �23 million, and later ones have cost a lot more than that (though costs are now being belatedly reined in). The Bexley Business Academy, the most expensive of the lot, had a capital budget of �35.9 million, and has easily overspent on it. The sponsors contribution has remained capped at �2 million. All future costs will come from the public purse. In August 2004 the.
You allow your two schools to be demolished. They are saying: get this or get nothing. In effect they are being blackmailed.’ Having once agreed to an academy in their patch, the council hands all control over what it does to the sponsor. A council’s strategic plan for education in its area means very little to many academy sponsors. They have all followed the Government’s helpful suggestion that they ensure the sponsor has an inbuilt majority on the governing body, and they do what they like.