How real is the “consultation”?

The goverpaper_tape_table_dispenser-01ning body does not want to ask staff or parents/carers to vote on whether this is a good idea for Darell.

Teaching staff at Grey Court school in Ham, which is part of “Every Child Every Day Academy Trust” have been told that Darell will definitely be taken over by the same organisation.

Darell’s chair of governors has been invited to join the trustees of “Every Child Every Day Academy Trust”.  She is also a trustee of ‘Achieving for Children’ (the company that runs Children’s Services and Education Support in the boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Kingston).

"how it will improve your child's education" - a very one-sided poster!
“how it will improve your child’s education” – a very one-sided poster!

Members of the “consultation group” — which is supposed to find out whether everyone else involved with Darell thinks that handing the school to “Every Child Every Day Academy Trust” would be a good idea for the school — have said that they are worried that the “consultation” is really advertising for “Every Child Every Day”. [Update Fri 11 Nov: three of the parents have now resigned from the consultation group.]

Darell’s governing body has not agreed any level of concern from teachers, support staff, parents and carers which would stop Darell being transferred to the Ham trust.

During the summer holidays, the governing body applied to the government to hand over control of the school. They are supposed to take part in a genuine conversation before making a decision.

The National Governors’ Association is of the view that consultation should take place at an early stage of the
 process before governing bodies have applied for academy status, and that no
 governing body should submit an application to the DfE unless and until they have 
consulted their key stakeholders (parents, pupils, staff, local authorities, or other local
 schools). Conversion to academy status is a significant step; it means moving
 accountability away from the local authority to the Secretary of State and potentially 
fundamentally changing the structure of the governing body. A decision on such a 
step should not be done without considering the views of those likely to be affected.”

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2 thoughts on “How real is the “consultation”?”

  1. I left the consultation group yesterday because I didn’t like the way the school was managing the consultation process. There has been no formal consultation of parents or staff on all options available. I have seen no evidence of other options being discussed and therefore feel the consultation process is just a tick box exercise. Something they have to do. I didn’t feel parents would be well informed of what it means to give all control of their child’s education over to an academy that has no proven record with primary schools and would need more primary schools to join to succeed. I don’t understand why we are making a hasty decision when other primary schools have declined to join ECEDAT. They have looked at other options.

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