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Academy Conversion By Region

Monday, July 8, 2013

8.9% Of Primary Schools & 42.5% Of Secondary Schools In England Have Applied To Become Academies

It is our experience that support staff are frequently the first group of school staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened says GMB.

A new analysis of official data by GMB, the union for school support staff, shows that by June 2013 that of the total of 16,784 state primary schools in England 1,497 of them have applied to become academies. This is 8.9% of the total.

For state secondary schools in England out of the total of 3,281 some 1,396 of them have applied to become academies. This is 42.5% of the total.

Set out at the bottom of this release are the regional releases for the state primary and secondary schools that had applied to become academies by June 2013.

Number of schools and applications for academies by region

 

 

Total state schools in Region

Number of application to become academy

% of total schools

ENGLAND

Primary

16,784

1,497

8.9

 

Secondary

3,281

1,396

42.5

EAST OF ENGLAND

Primary

2,001

208

10.4

 

Secondary

402

203

50.5

EAST MIDLANDS

Primary

1,633

241

14.8

 

Secondary

291

149

51.2

LONDON

Primary

1,785

119

6.7

 

Secondary

443

184

41.5

NORTH EAST

Primary

875

67

7.7

 

Secondary

187

55

29.4

NORTH WEST

Primary

2,447

92

3.8

 

Secondary

449

132

29.4

SOUTH EAST

Primary

2,599

182

7.0

 

Secondary

478

218

45.6

SOUTH WEST

Primary

1,861

236

12.7

 

Secondary

325

179

55.1

WEST MIDLANDS

Primary

1,776

174

9.8

 

Secondary

401

170

42.4

YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER

Primary

1,807

178

9.9

 

Secondary

305

106

34.8

Avril Chambers, GMB National Officer said, “GMB as the union for school support staff is closely monitoring the steady stream of Academy conversions as we are always concerned for our members when schools leave the State system.

They are being forced to do this by government policy and it is leaving schools in the hands of individual head teachers and boards of governors with no accountability to the local community, they do not have to listen to the public or parents.

Too often with conversions to Academies, support staff are viewed as an educational 'luxury', despite their vital contribution to education and learning outcomes and the day-to-day running of a school.

It is our experience that support staff are frequently the first group of school staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened. GMB strongly defends all school support staff and believes they should be more highly respected for all that they do.

GMB is committed to doing it all it can to ensure that attacks from Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education do not translate into targeting the most vulnerable members of the school community.”

Ends

Contact: Avril Chambers, GMB National Officer on 07974 251766 or Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary on 07860 606137 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

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