Let’s stick together, chief urges schools

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Arguments for academies:

n Schools gain total control of their finances and can shop around for the best commercial deals.

n A school can set up its own curriculum and can pay its teachers more to attract the best staff.

n Schools receive extra funding that would otherwise be spent on their behalf by the local authority.

n Many academies have produced improved exam and test results.

Arguments against:

n A city full of autonomous schools makes overall planning for pupils’ educational needs difficult, if not impossible.

n Funding divided equally among schools makes targeting of resources to areas of need more difficult.

n Academies are sometimes run by private organisations, businesses or faith groups which may bring ideology into the classroom.

n Parents have few rights on how to have their say on how their child’s academy is run.