LGA Labour | Government U-turn on forced academisation

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13 May 2016

Government U-turn on forced academisation

Letter to Labour Councillors,

Following the efforts of Labour councillors, the front bench, teachers, parents, trade unions, school governors, and many others, the Government last week announced a U-turn on enforced academisiation.

We want to say thank you for the work you have done to raise awareness of this attack on state-schools and for defending the tremendous contribution good local authorities make to improving education in our communities.

But we must not sit back and think the job is done.

The Secretary of State made clear in her statement yesterday that the government is still hell-bent on making all schools become academies.

Plans also remain for parent governors to be removed from governing bodies by 2022.

In two areas the government said it would push forward with forcing academy conversions –

  • Where a local authority can no longer viably support its remaining schools because too many schools have already become academies.
  • Where the local education authority consistently fails to meet a minimum performance threshold across its schools.

In both of those cases the thresholds are open to interpretation, and we must make sure that this is not used as a way to force conversions by stealth.

The Secretary of State committed to consulting on the definition of the thresholds, and we will be in touch with more information about this in due course, including suggested responses we will need you to submit.

By working in partnership with schools and communities, local councils are able to help improve standards and ensure that schools serve the needs of local communities.

We’ve made the government backtrack, and now we need to push on to keep defending our local schools.

Best wishes,

Cllr Nick Forbes – Leader of LGA Labour Group, Leader of Newcastle City Council
Cllr Richard Watts – Vice-Chair of the LGA Children & Young People Board, Leader of Islington Council

LGA Labour | 50 Top Achievement by Labour Councils

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Exeter Labour’s work to ensure Exeter City Council has a programme of Council Own Build homes is recognised in 50 Top Achievement by Labour Councils published by the Labour Group on the Local Government Association.


“While the Labour Party may not be in government nationally, we are increasingly in government locally, and we are achieving a lot. It is a source of pride and inspiration for our movement that in communities across the country Labour councillors are leading the way in exceptionally tough times for local government.” (Hilary Benn, Foreword)

Labour in local government is leading the way, ensuring that even in tough times we can put our values into action and deliver for our residents. ’50 Top Achievements by Labour Councils’ sets out the many and varied ways this is happening up and down the country. From boosting growth to delivering new homes, from supporting children through education to pioneering new social care, from helping residents cope with the cost of living crisis to delivering with less – Labour councils are demonstrating that they have the ideas, innovation and energy to deliver for their areas. This book shows exactly how they are making the Labour difference, by giving lots of examples of good practice in local areas.