Responding to the Budget announcement that all schools will be converted to academies or be in the process of doing so by 2020, Cllr Peter John OBE, London Councils’ Executive member for children, skills and employment, said:
“London boroughs believe that every parent should have access to a good local school that offers the best quality of education for their children.
“Parents trust boroughs to deliver this, with our recent YouGov survey showing that the majority of parents in London feel that local authorities should have powers of influence and intervention over local schools, including academies and free schools.
“London’s experience has shown that an effective partnership between boroughs, parents, teachers and central government is the best way of improving schools.
“Forcing every school in England to become an academy will make schools more centralised, distancing them from the electorate and making them less accountable to parents. It will become harder to influence schools when important concerns need to be raised about standards, financial decisions and school places pressure.”
Notes to editors:
London Councils’ YouGov survey of parents in the capital in 2015 showed that the majority (76 per cent) feel that local authorities should have powers of influence and intervention over state maintained schools, seven out of ten (70 per cent) over state free schools, seven out of ten over academies (67 per cent) and four out of ten fee paying schools (37 per cent).
The survey also found that 36 per cent of parents in London oppose the idea of moving towards more academies and free schools and only 29 per cent support the policy.