Academy Parliamentary debate


Friday saw a short debate on academy conversion. The question came about because of Snaresbrook Primary, a school that has been in the news recently for rebutting calls by the Department for Education for them to convert to an academy. The school was put in special measures by Ofsted in June. David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools, explained that the school did not have a history of underperformance and was improving at the time of the Section 8 inspection report and so it was decided not to convert the school to an academy.
John Cryer MP raised questions around the continued news reports about academies improving schools faster and paying schools to convert. The Minister responded that over 2500 schools had decided to convert and these ranged from rural to urban schools. The DfE’s priority was always schools improvement.
There were also questions on whether TUPE applied to all staff and whether brokers had targets to hit, although these were not answered in the debate – David Laws said he would write to them on those points.
Academy Status debate