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FOUR SALFORD SCHOOLS IN TURMOIL AS ACADEMY TRUST WOUND UP
 

Star date: 12th June 2018

2,500 SALFORD CHILDREN AFFECTED AS SALFORD ACADEMY TRUST TO BE WOUND UP BY GOVERNMENT

Salford Academy Trust (SAT), created by Salford City College, Salford City Council and the University of Salford in 2012 to stave off private companies taking over local schools, is to be wound up by the Government which believes it hasn't sufficient capacity to improve them.

The four SAT schools are Dukesgate Primary, Albion High School, Irlam and Cadishead College and Marlborough Road Primary, which cater for around 2,500 pupils. The Department for Education wants the schools transferred to the United Learning Trust, which has 19 of its directors and principals earning over 100,000.

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Salford UNISON challenges Irlam and Cadishead academy conversion Number of Academy directors and principals earning over 100,000
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"This seems like a deliberate attempt to get rid of small multi academy trusts and hand them over to these national chains..." Judith Elderkin, NEU


Two years ago, Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey warned that the Tory Government policy on academies would lead to a 'Wild West' in education, "run in the interests of profit..."*

...It now looks as if this is coming to pass as, yesterday, staff at four Salford schools were told that the Department for Education was to wind up the Salford Academy Trust (SAT) which caters for around 2,500 mainly disadvantaged pupils in the city.

The affected schools are Dukesgate Primary, Albion High School, Marlborough Road Primary and Irlam and Cadishead College, which only became a SAT academy last September.

The Salford Academy Trust was created by Salford City College, Salford City Council and the University of Salford in 2012 as a way of staving off takeovers by big school chains more interested in turning a profit than pouring resources into education.

At the time of each conversion there were protests by Salford City UNISON, teachers unions and parents who wanted the schools to remain under local authority control as each was to be a 'forced' academy.**

The schools have recently come out of 'special measures' but in the last two months, Marlborough Road has been inspected and judged to be 'inadequate'. The Department for Education believes that Salford Academy Trust does not have 'sufficient capacity to improve its schools' and is to wind it up.

The four schools are being touted to the United Learning Trust (ULT) that currently runs the Salford Academy, which has itself run into problems with staffing issues and the revelation that it employs 19 people paid over 100,000...

"Money from poor pupils in Salford will be lining the pockets of ULT directors and principals" says Judith Elderkin of the Salford National Education Union "We are very upset about this, as conditions of service and pay progression is poor within ULT and our experience of the leadership roundabout and recent redundancies at the Salford Academy has not been good. They have had multiple leadership changes since they started. The Salford Academy Trust has not been offered any other sponsor at all.

"The Government seems to be having a job at the moment finding sponsors for needy schools and this seems like a deliberate attempt to get rid of small multi academy trusts and hand them over to these national chains" she adds "We would prefer a local and better sponsor, or to get the schools returned to the local authority..."


See also previous related Salford Star articles...

*Salford MP Tells Parents To 'Create Uproar' Over School Academies click here

**Salford Council Branded A 'Disgrace and a Joke' Over Academies Betrayal click here

Salford Council Challenged Over Dukesgate Academy Switch click here


Privatisation of Salford Schools Continues click here

Milk float wrote
at 11:57:58 on 13 June 2018
How did Irlam and Cadishead high school and up in this mess, 1 recruited the wrong head 1st time round 2 forced to become an Academy as a failing School Solution suggestion ...board of governors to resign and local councillors hang your heads in shame as it's just over a month since you got elected

Pat Heatley wrote
at 21:36:53 on 12 June 2018
The teachers are NOT to blame.

John Connor wrote
at 15:16:54 on 12 June 2018
Marketising something that can't be marketised - what could possibly go wrong? The unravelling horror of the Gove vanity project continues to fail children while Tory sycophants line their pockets from the public purse. Absolute corruption corrupts absolutely. And no-one seems to think about the children. It's a national disgrace, and the only solutions put forward by this benighted travesty of a government are phonics and more grammar school places. It would be laughable were it not so tragic.

wow wrote
at 10:34:19 on 12 June 2018
And all the while young people are being failed by teachers and a system whose primary concern are wages etc. For near on a decade both local authorities and academis have been putting their priorities above those who need good education

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