New revelations on the failures of marketized Academy schools in the UK

Further revelations have emerged surrounding the failings of the so-called ‘Academy schools’ in the UK, demonstrating the dire consequences of these de-regulated, for-profit providers:

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“The governors of Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) have received a “pre-warning” letter from Nash, saying the school must boost its performance or face further action.”

“The letter raises concerns that the percentage of pupils at the academy achieving at least five A*-C grades, including English and maths, in their GCSEs last year, fell to 32% from 35%– below the government’s minimum threshold of 40% – and were “some way off” the school’s predictions of a 44% figure.”

“About 40 academies have been sent pre-warning notice letters since September 2011. The letters warn the schools to raise their game or face action – which could ultimately include being taken over by a different sponsor.”

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/feb/19/nottingham-university-samworth-academy-standards-nash

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Also see the recent article in the ISC issue 33, ‘Academy Schools and the Anti-Academies Alliance’: http://libr.org/isc/table-of-contents-current-issue/

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