FUNDING CUTS: Schools chief warns over new Blackburn academies

FUNDING CUTS: Schools chief warns over new Blackburn academies

FUNDING CUTS: Schools chief warns over new Blackburn academies

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

CONCERNS have been voiced that a raft of new academies could affect Blackburn’s educational structure.

Five Blackburn with Darwen primaries are set to become Church of England academies, leaving the control of the borough council.

The move will divert funding from the local authority to the Church of England’s academy trust, Cidari.

Blackburn with Darwen NUT leader Simon Jones said it was a large number of losses for the small authority, which last year oversaw 50 primary schools.

Education portfolio holder for the council Dave Harling said it would be a blow to other schools, but pledged to work with the church as a partner.

The schools poised to become academies are Sacred Heart RC, St Luke’s and St Phillips, St Aidan’s, all Blackburn; St Barnabas and St James’s, both in Darwen.

It is not yet clear how much funding would be lost to Blackburn with Darwen Council as a result.

Mr Jones said: “They won’t be leaving to join Cidari at exactly the same time, but such a cluster of schools going within months of each other will really weaken the council.

“Though Cidari is a faith-based group, and these are faith schools, we at the NUT are still opposed to academies because of the effect this division causes.

“Cidari has made some reassuring promises to us - such as sticking to a living wage – but we are still opposed to academies in principle.

“I would urge schools to pause and reflect before jumping ship because there is no replacement for an experienced local education authority overseeing provision. Though Cidari seem confident, they haven’t yet proved themselves.”

Coun Harling said: “Each school which leaves the local authority weakens the funding we receive for services.

“That will then go on to affect other schools. However, what we must remember is that the children in Cidari academies are still Blackburn with Darwen children. We will do our best to work in partnership with the diocese for the best.”

Blackburn Diocese director of education Paul Lock said: “Becoming an academy is an option available to all schools and it is up to each governing body to decide whether converting is in the best interests of their school.

“By becoming an academy, schools gain a number of freedoms, including how they deliver the curriculum. We look forward to welcoming all of these schools into the Cidari fold."

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8:37pm Thu 26 Jun 14

doggydog says...

now you worry! Beggars belief that you aint see this coming!
now you worry! Beggars belief that you aint see this coming! doggydog
  • Score: 14

11:11pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Noiticer says...

The move to academies and independence from local authority control has been a political ambition of the Dept. of Education in London for the past twenty years but only now really coming to fruition. Whitehall wants to destroy local education authorities and take direct control. Will it make for better schools - highly unlikely. I feel sorry for the staff whose conditions of service will be eroded and, as a result, morale. Older teachers are leaving in droves and the profession is disillusioned.
The move to academies and independence from local authority control has been a political ambition of the Dept. of Education in London for the past twenty years but only now really coming to fruition. Whitehall wants to destroy local education authorities and take direct control. Will it make for better schools - highly unlikely. I feel sorry for the staff whose conditions of service will be eroded and, as a result, morale. Older teachers are leaving in droves and the profession is disillusioned. Noiticer
  • Score: 11

3:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

janee says...

Given the fuss about the Birmingham schools, this is a bit rich. It goes to show that number of column inches over Birmingham was backed by deep seated racism. Why is it okay for the Church of England to take over so many school but it is not okay for other religions.
Given the fuss about the Birmingham schools, this is a bit rich. It goes to show that number of column inches over Birmingham was backed by deep seated racism. Why is it okay for the Church of England to take over so many school but it is not okay for other religions. janee
  • Score: -3

5:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

woolywords says...

The basic underfunding of education over many years, has now come home to roost; with mainly intransigent Labour authorities crying; wolf, for far too long.
Even when in Gov't, they 'pledged' to do more but never did. Spewing platitudes of, 'Education, education, education..', to the ecstatic masses, while cutting funds behind the scenes.
The common herd or Hoi-Polli, depending upon which camp that you follow, have now reached the point of tearing back the curtain that hides the genie and seen for themselves, how the mere platitudes of, 'your children are safe in our hands', have been cast, asunder.
To trust any church to give a child a fair, unbiased education, is long gone, but people cleave to what they know best, and by that, opt for anything other than what Gov't provides, thus espousing a shift towards religious education founded schools, whatever the clique.
And whom could blame them...for wanting better, than the cheap-skate education, that local authorities provide?
Where teachers, barely out of school themselves, are gifted with the chance to teach, as they are the cheapest option, to a person with a Masters degree in that subject.
...
As a former school governor, I warned of the fallacy of employing such inexperienced teachers, to the point of resignation..
I take no pride in seeing that, what I forecast then, has come into fruition now, as it only hurts the children that are our future.
...
Labour has only ever had one ideal; that all are equal and that, in equality, none shall rise above it! It's a dystopian view of life, that they and their ilk, thrive upon.
What they don't realise is; it's an house of cards, that will fold-in upon itself, as years go by; when there is no gifted peasants child to follow them towards the Utopia, that they so crave. As they've denied any child, the wherewith-all to soar above the plane of banality, that they've set upon them.
...
They've allowed the goalposts to be shifted so far as to allow foreign, better educated peoples, to move here, to take the jobs that are rightfully ours, and by that, shifted the whole bias of the body politic.
They are so pleased to be here, they'll vote for a monkey in a suit, in gratitude...
And if I, a person born here, dare to raise an objection; I'm considered a racist, for thinking that my fellow, natural born citizen, has a right to expect better of them.
Lower wages, slip-shod services, poorer conditions; all in all, it must have Keir Hardie, spinning in his grave, with what the supposed Labour party - defenders of the poor and down-trodden of this country-, have done to it.
Shame, upon the lot of you!
The basic underfunding of education over many years, has now come home to roost; with mainly intransigent Labour authorities crying; wolf, for far too long. Even when in Gov't, they 'pledged' to do more but never did. Spewing platitudes of, 'Education, education, education..', to the ecstatic masses, while cutting funds behind the scenes. The common herd or Hoi-Polli, depending upon which camp that you follow, have now reached the point of tearing back the curtain that hides the genie and seen for themselves, how the mere platitudes of, 'your children are safe in our hands', have been cast, asunder. To trust any church to give a child a fair, unbiased education, is long gone, but people cleave to what they know best, and by that, opt for anything other than what Gov't provides, thus espousing a shift towards religious education founded schools, whatever the clique. And whom could blame them...for wanting better, than the cheap-skate education, that local authorities provide? Where teachers, barely out of school themselves, are gifted with the chance to teach, as they are the cheapest option, to a person with a Masters degree in that subject. ... As a former school governor, I warned of the fallacy of employing such inexperienced teachers, to the point of resignation.. I take no pride in seeing that, what I forecast then, has come into fruition now, as it only hurts the children that are our future. ... Labour has only ever had one ideal; that all are equal and that, in equality, none shall rise above it! It's a dystopian view of life, that they and their ilk, thrive upon. What they don't realise is; it's an house of cards, that will fold-in upon itself, as years go by; when there is no gifted peasants child to follow them towards the Utopia, that they so crave. As they've denied any child, the wherewith-all to soar above the plane of banality, that they've set upon them. ... They've allowed the goalposts to be shifted so far as to allow foreign, better educated peoples, to move here, to take the jobs that are rightfully ours, and by that, shifted the whole bias of the body politic. They are so pleased to be here, they'll vote for a monkey in a suit, in gratitude... And if I, a person born here, dare to raise an objection; I'm considered a racist, for thinking that my fellow, natural born citizen, has a right to expect better of them. Lower wages, slip-shod services, poorer conditions; all in all, it must have Keir Hardie, spinning in his grave, with what the supposed Labour party - defenders of the poor and down-trodden of this country-, have done to it. Shame, upon the lot of you! woolywords
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Fri 27 Jun 14

woolywords says...

...epilogue..
If education is safe in anyone's hands, why not make it illegal, for any school to allow a child to leave it's care, without the very basics of the 3 R's?
...
Over 5 Million adults in this country are, at best, described as, 'functional illiterates', making England, 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries...
A fact and figure that has only got worse in the last decade.
...
Now explain to me again, how anyone should trust a child to this, or for that matter, any Gov'ts care, when it comes to education.
Where you, have cut funding to schools, to further education colleges and universities; making it near impossible for idigienous peoples to gain an home-grown education, as some foreign Johnnie, get's it all, for less!
...
Fees to tutors are cut, as are research grants...
This whole thing reminds me of that 'brain drain' thing that was spoken and written about, in the 60's, under Harold Wilson.
(that's the thing about being clever, like me; I remember stuff that you can't find on Google..)
Your assumptive of the grosser sheeple, collective/virtual Alzheimers won't work on me.. (even when you feed beef burgers, claiming them to be safe, to your kids)
BSE isn't contractable, much like foot and mouth wasn't..
Sorry, I recall such a case..
BSE isn't CJD..
much as Ebola isn't Green Monkey, nor Marburg?
..
Josef Goebbels quote..
"If you tell a lie long and loud enough, people will eventually start to believe it"
...
"Blackburn council is addressing the potholes problem, with this new funding", just not where you live..
...
"I never knew that blatant lying, could create such a lucrative living.."
woolywords
So now sue me..I accept that challenge!
...epilogue.. If education is safe in anyone's hands, why not make it illegal, for any school to allow a child to leave it's care, without the very basics of the 3 R's? ... Over 5 Million adults in this country are, at best, described as, 'functional illiterates', making England, 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries... A fact and figure that has only got worse in the last decade. ... Now explain to me again, how anyone should trust a child to this, or for that matter, any Gov'ts care, when it comes to education. Where you, have cut funding to schools, to further education colleges and universities; making it near impossible for idigienous peoples to gain an home-grown education, as some foreign Johnnie, get's it all, for less! ... Fees to tutors are cut, as are research grants... This whole thing reminds me of that 'brain drain' thing that was spoken and written about, in the 60's, under Harold Wilson. (that's the thing about being clever, like me; I remember stuff that you can't find on Google..) Your assumptive of the grosser sheeple, collective/virtual Alzheimers won't work on me.. (even when you feed beef burgers, claiming them to be safe, to your kids) BSE isn't contractable, much like foot and mouth wasn't.. Sorry, I recall such a case.. BSE isn't CJD.. much as Ebola isn't Green Monkey, nor Marburg? .. Josef Goebbels quote.. "If you tell a lie long and loud enough, people will eventually start to believe it" ... "Blackburn council is addressing the potholes problem, with this new funding", just not where you live.. ... "I never knew that blatant lying, could create such a lucrative living.." woolywords So now sue me..I accept that challenge! woolywords
  • Score: 1

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