Forced Academisation by Stealth

Barnsley Council Forced Academisation By Stealth

On the 23rd of June the NUT met with Barnsley Council and were presented with documents proposing to “manage the transition from a mixed system of academy trust and maintained schools, to a predominantly academised system”

Whilst Barnsley NUT is committed to supporting and protecting its members who currently work in academies, we utterly oppose the Government’s aim that all schools in England should become academies by 2022. We also oppose the plan to ‘force’ all schools deemed to be ‘unviable’ or ‘underperforming’ to become academies.

Some members in Barnsley are dismayed that our Labour run council should also be seeking to facilitate the Government’s aim and we believe that instead Barnsley Council should be playing a key role in defending all maintained schools.

By acting NOW the council can identify schools that may be at risk of ‘coasting’ or ‘underperforming’ and support these schools to take action so they can demonstrate the required improvements without the need for an academy order.

Click the link below to read the full details of Barnsley Councils Proposals:


We want to hear your thoughts – have your say – this is your chance to influence the NUT’s response to Barnsley Council. To arrange for us to visit your school please contact us ASAP. The next meeting with Barnsley Council is on Wednesday 12th October.

Please complete our survey or contact us by email to tell us your opinions and we will share these at our next meeting with the council which is set for the 12th October 2016.

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