The ATL has accused Michael Gove of destroying England’s state school system through “corporate greed” and a “culture of cronyism”.
Teachers have claimed that the Education Secretary is allowing the state school system to be ruined through his free schools and academies programme, the BBC reports.
At its annual conference the ATL warned of a “culture of cronyism”, with private companies taking control of schools and “thriving on the spoils” of consultancy fees. It passed an emergency motion voicing concern over the “financial mismanagement” of free schools and academies, calling for all schools to be funded in a “fair, transparent and accountable way”.
ATL’s Mark Baker said: “Our world-class education system…is being destroyed through corporate greed. The free school mantra of allowing parents the opportunity to set up locally run neighbourhood schools is a lie. Most are being established and run by academy chains.”
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt told the conference that Labour would scrap the free schools programme, though existing free schools and those in the pipeline would be allowed to stay open. He claimed that the existing programme was based on “a political programme of pile them high and get them out of the trap. It doesn’t much matter who’s setting them up.”
A DfE spokeswoman said: “No individual or organisation with a governing relationship to an academy or free school can make a profit. Academies and free schools are funded on the same basis as council-run schools and are subject to far tighter financial controls.”
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