Poor old Knowsley Borough continues to have big educational troubles, this time the only school with a sixth form is to close that provision.
The school is Halewood Academy and the Liverpool Echo article by Tom Berger (see link above) is fascinating and worrying because it shows how difficult it can be to hold an academy to account.
I wonder what Tony Blair is thinking now having invented academy schools as a New Labour policy? Of course they have been developed much further by the Tories but he started the process.
What the Tories have wrong here is that some local authorities are reasonable, good and even excellent in the field of education. However, because some are not assisting young people to get good outcomes then all education authorities must be in effect abolished. The educational issues in places like Knowsley are very much at the wrong end of the scale but a blanket ‘convert all the schools in the country to academies and cut out the local authority’ is hardly the answer. Indeed, it smacks of moving deck chairs around whilst the ship sinks.
Sometimes it is not the provider that is the issue it is the quality of the outcomes and for young people in education. Quality outcomes are the only thing that really matters.
I remain a supporter of Free Schools I would add.
Thanks to my story spotter Keith Page