Louise Baldry moved the following motion on the topic of Academies at the General Meeting on the 7th Septembe. Members unanimously agreed with the motion and it is now Broadland CLP policy. However they did not choose it as Broadland CLP’s motion to the Labour Party Annual conference.
Conference notes that last year it was agreed that:
“in government, the Labour Party will bring all schools back under local democratic control including Academy and Multi Academy Trusts. Therefore proposals to wind up MATs and turn over control and management of schools to local democratically controlled structures should be developed urgently.”
Conference notes that in the past year the academisation programme has continued with many Primary schools being forced to become academies, this at a time when the system has become unstable due to a number of Academy Trusts failing.
According to research undertaken by the Guardian, £18.4m has been paid to academy trusts to take on schools forcibly removed from local authority control, and this at a time when local schools budgets are squeezed year on year.
Conference welcomes the commitment announced at the last conference, to consult on and establish a new regulatory framework for schools, to ensure that all schools follow the same rules, with schools being regulated by statute, rather than thousands of individual contracts.
Conference believes the Labour Party should now commit to ensuring:
Local Authorities establish reformed, democratically accountable local education committees with stakeholder representation.
That all publicly funded schools be brought back under the control of these new local education committees.
The newly empowered local education committees will be the default providers of school services and will be appropriately funded.
Remove charitable status from all private schools and introduce VAT on school fees.