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115 More Schools To Become Academies

Friday, July 19, 2013

115 More Schools In England Have Applied To Become Academies In The Past Month

Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB.

A new analysis of official data by GMB, the union for school support staff, shows that there were 115 applications by state schools in England for academy status received in the month to 1 July 2013.

As of 1 July 2013 there are total of 3,049 academies open in England including some special schools. In England of the total of 16,784 state primary schools 1,594 of them have applied to become academies. This is 9.5% of the total. For state secondary schools in England out of the total of 3,281 some 1,408 of them have applied to become academies. This is 42.9% of the total.

Set out by English region are the figures for the numbers of state primary and secondary schools that had applied to become academies by 1st July 2013.

Set out at the foot of this release at www.gmb.org.uk are the regional releases with the names of the schools by region that have applied for academy status in the past month plus the raw data as pdfs..

Number of schools and applications for academies

   
         
         
   

Total schools

Application for academies

%

         

ENGLAND

Primary

16,784

1,594

9.5

 

Secondary

3,281

1,408

42.9

         

NORTH EAST

Primary

875

74

8.5

 

Secondary

187

55

29.4

         

NORTH WEST

Primary

2,447

96

3.9

 

Secondary

449

133

29.6

YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER

Primary

1,807

188

10.4

 

Secondary

305

109

35.7

EAST MIDLANDS

Primary

1,633

254

15.6

 

Secondary

291

150

51.5

WEST MIDLANDS

Primary

1,776

176

9.9

 

Secondary

401

173

43.1

EAST OF ENGLAND

Primary

2,001

211

10.5

 

Secondary

402

204

50.7

LONDON

Primary

1,785

125

7.0

 

Secondary

443

184

41.5

SOUTH EAST

Primary

2,599

188

7.2

 

Secondary

478

220

46.0

SOUTH WEST

Primary

1,861

282

15.2

 

Secondary

325

180

55.4

 

Avril Chambers, GMB National Officer said, “GMB is closely monitoring the steady stream of Academy conversions as we are always concerned for our members when schools leave the local education authority system.

Academy conversion is perhaps the most important decision that a governing body and head teacher will ever take. So conversions should not be done without having full information, without being certain about the impact of the policy and without the full support of all the education stakeholders including staff, parents and children.

Head teachers and governors will inevitably change in the future, so whatever promises are made by the current regime, there is no guarantee that a future head or governing body might have very different ideas.

GMB experience is that support staff are frequently the first group of school staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change.

Anyone that works or has children at any of the schools that applied to become Academies last month should insist on full consultation from the Head and Governors. Heads and Governors should listen to the concerns of staff, parents and the community and respond accordingly.

Just because the governing body has passed a resolution to apply to become an Academy does not mean it has to take it to a full conclusion. Applications to the Department for Education can be withdrawn.”

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 079

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Four More Schools In The Eastern Region Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Fourteen More Schools In The East Midlands Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Seven More Schools In London Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Seven More Schools In The North East Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Seven More Schools In The North West Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Fifteen More Schools In Yorkshire & The Humber Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Forty Seven More Schools In South West Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Six More Schools In The West Midlands Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Eight More Schools In The South East Have Applied To Become Academies

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Support staff are frequently the first group of staff to have their jobs and terms and conditions threatened when schools become academies or when those in charge change says GMB

Applications in month to 1 July 2013

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Table showing the Applications in month to 1 July 2013

Number of schools and applications for academies

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Table showing Number of schools and applications for academies