Education in 2012
1. What is an Academy? Academies are publicly-funded independent schools that provide a first-class education. This is different from a school because they have more freedom than schools under local authority which leads to a greater degree of control over their finances. Also they can choose to reward bonuses to their staff and head teachers.
2. Why does the Education Secretary want to create more Academies? The education secretary wants to create more academies because they can afford to teach students and prevent them from failing, which under the previous government academies were used to turn around weaker schools in challenging areas.
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Apparently there is no stress in the teaching profession. They must work hard and provide the best for children particularly poor working class children.
Wilshaw has told the education secretary to identify underperformance in academies which are independent of councils. His main priority is doing the best for children and their education. He stated that inadequate schools do not have high ambitions and so are not good enough.
According to Wilshaw parents should have the responsibility of caring and looking out for their children and be able to help get the best possible grades and qualifications. He says that teachers are more than aware of the need to act as ‘surrogate’ parents staying in schools for extra hours and preparing high-quality lessons.
6. What happened to Downhills school and why? Downhills school which seemed as if it was underperforming led to the department for education said that it had to become an academy. OFSTED found that it yet hadn’t given its pupils an acceptable standard of education. Those who were responsible for leading and managing the school hadn’t demonstrated improvement.
7. What was the GCSE English marking scandal about? This summer’s English GCSE marking scandal meant that thousands of pupils got lower than their expected grades after OFQUALs tightened...