Tory plans to force every school in Oxford to become an academy will put standards at risk and freeze out teachers and parents, say local education campaigners.
Under current government plans, schools will have no choice over whether they become academies. Parent governors will be scrapped, leaving local parents with no say over the running of the school.
Local Lib Dem schools expert and County Councillor John Howson said:
“I think parents and teachers know what’s best for their school. Forcing every school in Oxford to become an academy and give up local control would be a disaster.
“It will mean no power for parents and no accountability. It will hand control of schools to bureaucrats and business owners.
“Meanwhile, unelected regional commissioners will decide school policy for the whole of the Oxfordshire without any idea of what is happening on the ground or what a school actually needs.
“Lib Dems stopped forced academies when we were in government and we’ll work to do the same again now.”
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said:
“The Government thinks that converting a school to an academy will automatically drive up standards. They are wrong.
“What drives up standards is a well-funded education system and a teaching workforce who receive proper support and recognition for their work.”
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