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Simple Answer to Improve Schools

Should businesses operate in state schools? They already can, and do - Times Online

Debate on opening the door to new providers to run schools has focused on parents, charities and teachers, conjuring images of volunteers running a school in their community.
The more significant development in recent years has been the emergence of chains of schools, run by a single operator, with a common vision, sharing back-office functions and sometimes swapping staff.
These chains — multi-academy sponsors — are the very opposite of groups of passionate amateurs seeking to open schools. They are highly professional, relentlessly focused on achievement, with sophisticated data systems to track their students’ and schools’ progress.....
Should businesses operate in state schools? They already can, and do — intervening, in their role as school improvement partners, or managing the whole show, as EdisonLearning does at Turin Grove School, North London.

The only question is whether they should be allowed to be the legal entity operating a school, rather than a contractor providing services.

The answer is "Yes, of course", but even the Tories are frit of the teaching unions and are cowardly ruling it out.

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They are highly professional, relentlessly focused on achievement, with sophisticated data systems to track their students’ and schools’ progress.....

What scares me is the tone which implies these things are bad.

They are highly professional, relentlessly focused on achievement, with sophisticated data systems to track their students’ and schools’ progress.....

What scares me is the tone which implies these things are bad.

"The only question is whether they should be allowed to be the legal entity operating a school..."

Indeed that is the only question.

If the answer is "no" then nothing will change. The dead hand of bureaucracy, coupled with the leftist presumptions of the town halls and the teachers' unions, will see to that.

And I suspect that under Cameron (supposing he pulls it off - not very likely imho), then the answer will in fact be "no". Based on their pathetically feeble "localism" agenda announced yesterday, they don't intend to make any significant changes.

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