Tory Councilors Openly Criticize Plan to Convert Schools into Academies

Tory councillors have bashed the plans to convert all state school in England into an academy as many have opposed it strongly. According to the Government’s plan, all schools will have to become academies or be in the process of converting by 2020, taking them out of local authority control.

The cabinet member for education at Oxfordshire County Council, including the Prime Minister’s Witney seat, Melinda Tilley cautioned that small village schools could be at risk if academy chains decided they were no longer viable. She explained that “it means a lot of little primary schools will be forced to go into multi-academy trusts and I just feel it’s the wrong time, in the wrong place, for little primary schools to be forced into doing this,” adding that “I’m afraid there could be a few little village schools that get lost in all of this.” Upon inquiry if she was “disappointed” by the Government, she replied that it was “probably putting it very mildly.” She stressed that “I’m fed up with diktats from above saying you will do this and you won’t do that. This is not why I became a Conservative.”

Whereas on the other hand, Conservative councillor in charge of education in Kent, Roger Gough, also stated that “I don’t think there is demonstrable evidence that there is a systemic improvement in performance and certainly not anything that would justify upheaval on this scale.” Meanwhile, Peter Edgar from Hampshire County Council added that “to force all schools would be ridiculously expensive and in my view the wrong thing to do and also could cause in the interim a drop in standards in all our schools.”

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