Funny, my school is on the list yet we're in the middle of BSF... does that make/solve any problems??
Found out too that the schools figure of 27% is actually a little inflated as the school needed to raise it's statistics and entered kids in for worthless half GCSE's....
There is a school I know of that did vocational GNVQ IT worth four gcse's however they are now cutting it to a double award 23% of the pupils got four GCSE grade C's but couldn't convert any other subject to a C grade.So the results at the school have suffered now it's a double award the chances are the schools results are going to hit rock bottom very soon.
Grammar schools by contrast tend to have a very good catchment but because on average they are smaller schools don't have the sort of funding lower scoring schools have I suppose in a way that is fair as it evens things up a little. Grammars tend to get voluntary aid from the more affluent parents too.
Bundling ICT managed services with BSF allows the Govt to side-step finding the capital for ICT investment too.
So, the more PFI builds & Academies the Govt can lumber the LAs with, the less capital investment they have to make. It also means they can tie up tax revenue for years to come by commiting large sums of money to repay the financiers who funded the PFI/Academies, limiting future Govts ability to cut taxes
That is why it is so important to 'rubbish' as many schools as possible & then come up with a 'quick fix' solution of more Academies
Just found this link from the Lancashire telegraph, it shows all 8 failing schools in the east lancashire area, i'm sure that Shuttleworth College has only just been built through BSF, why would you close a school that has just been built is a real waste of money, IMHO.
East Lancashire schools failing
My understanding is that the baseline data for this witch-hunt was GCSE exam results 2007.... including Maths & English.
This was after the Govt eventually woke up to the fact that some schools were playing the 'numbers game' with 5 A*-C pass rates by enrolling students on a wide range of vocational courses etc that yielded 4x GCSE equivalent passes or similar scams like online ALAN tests.
You could get a student who qualified because they had passed GCSE Art & GNVQ Art and got 5 A* to C passes without maths, english or anything else. (Nothing against Art by the way, just picked that as an example).
A lot of schools suddenly found their 5 A* to C pass rates dropped from 70% to 30% or less moving them from being 'successful' to 'failing'
school is being given over to a venture capitalist. I believe that former cronies of Dame Shirley Porter are involved.
Just read a few article/post about Academies.
Have I got this right,
A sponsor or donor can remain nameless, and then gets to strongly influence where the school budget is spent, on whatever contracts they like without going to tender, even if they have financial interests in the companies that gets the contract.
So presumably a prospective contractor/Managed Service Provider can also be an un-named donor, and maybe write the donation off against tax.Then the Sponsor can award any contracts to that contractor without going through a Tendering process, and if the Academy fails in a couple of years there is no official body empowered to step in and sanction them.
What I don't understand is why are people picking up that some BSF schools are failing so therefore the BSF is not as Great as it is made out to be !
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