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SALFORD COUNCIL MINORITY ACADEMY CONTROL REVEALED
 

Star date: 30th July 2012

SALFORD COUNCIL WILL HAVE SMALL ROLE IN ITS NEW ACADEMIES AS UNQUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THE PIPELINE

Hours before the Olympics opening, the Government sneaked out new policy stating that academies will be able to employ unqualified teachers, in a move described by the National Union of Teachers as "perverse".

Meanwhile, Salford Council, which has been encouraging schools to convert to academy status under its Salford Academy Trust, will only have a minority role in running them.

Full details here…


Last week, as the nation was preparing to enjoy Danny Boyle's anti-Tory Olympics opening ceremony, the ConDem Government sneaked out new policy enabling academies to employ none qualified teachers.

Currently, teachers have to have a QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), which ensures they have been trained and meet certain standards. Under the new policy academies will be able to take on anyone to teach, in line with free schools and private schools. 

"This is a perverse decision by the Department for Education and a clear dereliction of duty" said Christine Blower general secretary of the National Union of Teachers "The NUT believes all children deserve to be taught by qualified teachers. Parents and teachers will see this as a cost-cutting measure that will cause irreparable damage to children's education."

Meanwhile, in Salford, three schools - Albion High, Marlborough Road Primary and Dukesgate Primary School – are due to convert to academy status in September under the Salford Academy Trust, a `partnership' of Salford Council, Salford College and the University of Salford.

However, a Salford Council report, approved by the Mayor last week, shows the minority role of Salford Council within the newly named `Salford Trust' - the word `Academy' has been dropped.

The complicated structure of the body which will run the schools will see only two Salford Council representatives out of twelve possible places…

The Salford Trust itself will have eight members, with Salford Council only having one of those members while Salford City College gets six and the University one.

There will be six directors of the Trust, only one of which will be from Salford Council, while Salford College gets four and the University one.

At the third level there will be a `Multi Academy Trust' – but the Salford Council report states that "a Local Authority representative cannot be nominated at this level".

The report insists that "This partnership will ensure that the statutory duties and powers of intervention of the Strategic Director for Children's Services and the Assistant Mayors are maintained in any schools who become academies…" and that it will "safeguard crucial areas such as admissions, Special Educational Needs, nationally agreed terms and conditions for all staff and safeguarding"…

Yet the report adds that the Trust's board composition "is proposed to avoid Salford Trust becoming a local authority influenced company through the board having no more than 19.99% local authority persons as directors".

Meanwhile, with added complication, the report states that "Salford Learning Partnership, a sub-group of the Children's Trust, will have a key influencing role on the Salford Trust…"

Even at the last Salford Council meeting, councillors were formally asking what the hell the `Salford Learning Partnership' was, and added to that could be `What the hell is the Children's Trust in relation to Salford Council?'.

The shocking thing is that all this complicated information, with the obvious questions about accountability, has only been released publicly AFTER the consultations with staff and parents have already been concluded. All three schools are due to become academies in less than five weeks time…

…And now, with the added Government policy of unqualified teachers being allowed to teach in academies, parents would have every right to question the conversion of Salford schools and the future of their children's education. Except it appears to be too late… for the Albion, Dukesgate and Marlborough Road schools.

Main graphic shows easy to follow diagram on the control of Salford Trust...

 

See previous Salford Star articles on Salford Academy Trust - click here and follow the links

Graham cooper wrote
at 10:33:24 on 28 August 2012
Its ironic how people want to crusade for the NUT, yet not a mention of the young people who for the last decade have been served by a system that has been disastrously under performing and yet still rewarded. I have listened to explanations of "what do you expect us to do when dealing with young people who are not prepared by there primary school or there familiees" (Albion high school 2009). People soon forget the pass rates of 18% maths and english published by one school in the last five years. Could some one identify where the remaining 82% went? Back in the system costing more money to be re-educated by a college or some training provider whos in it just for the money. Out of a roll of 200 young people, only 36 would of left with the apprpriate grades. What legacy has this left Salford? The same old same old is not good enought for our young people, they need a chance in life and hopefully this solution will provide them with that. One thing is for sure, we must not accept the status quo of some of these underperforming schools and ignore the future impacts on our communities and young people.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 15:48:31 on 04 August 2012
Only one solution, strike. Unions & parents should stand together & not allow this to happen. I ask any parent would you be happy knowing that your children are being taught by somebody no more qualified to teach than a road sweeper? No insult to road sweepers intended.
 
life is loud wrote
at 12:22:30 on 03 August 2012
Everyone knew this was coming the NUT are correct in what they say about unqualified teachers, its cheap labour and a way of cost cutting salaries this should not happen and its not just happening in Salford am afraid but it is the ressult of Tory policy privatisation by the back door.
 
M Irlam wrote
at 17:02:31 on 31 July 2012
Mr Merry - interesting to note you don't promote Academies, but do support Academies through the salford Trust. The usual clear policy then!!!
 
John Merry wrote
at 10:13:19 on 31 July 2012
We are not promoting academies as I made clear in an interview on this site. The trust is supporting three schools that are being compelled to become Academies. The important point about the agreement is that the trust will operate in accordance with its business plan which has to be agreed between the three partners. Included will be full trade union recognition , a guarantee that the salford admission policy will be followed and that the trust will support the special needs policy of the city.
 
m irlam wrote
at 16:27:09 on 30 July 2012
Would Councillor Jones and his Irlam and Cadishead councillor lapdogs now like to explain why they are opposing the academy process in Salford schools – a Labour idea – promoted by his own council – come on Roger whats your game? Maybe they should concentrate on filling pot holes and keeping the streets clean, both jobs they have yet to master.
 
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