LGiU Director Jonathan Carr-West has a comment piece in this week’s TES. Jonathan argues that, whatever you think of academy schools, they’re not going away. He argues that there’s a reasonable localist case for academies since true localists should be committed to devolving power to the lowest level possible. In the case of education, that means schools.
But Jonathan goes on to argue that, just as academies aren’t going anywhere, neither are local authorities. Most supporters of the academies movement regard the rise of academy schools as the end of the local government role in education. The LGiU is clear, however, that it’s “local authorities (and local authorities alone) that have the capacity and democratic accountability” to manage the education system. That will mean, as we argued in our report last summer, that councils will need new powers over academies.