Concerns over how academisation will affect education

A north Northumberland Lib Dem has raised concerns about the future of education in light of the Government's proposals for all schools to become academies by 2022.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 24th March 2016, 3:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 4:13 pm
Julie Porksen
Julie Porksen

The party’s Berwick constituency parliamentary spokeswoman, Julie Pörksen, said: “Parents have contacted me with concerns regarding the impact of academisation on the provision of quality education for pupils with special needs, either within mainstream schools or in special schools.

“I am also concerned that plans for academisation and different hours of schools have been insufficiently thought through in terms of access and school transport.

“In rural areas, for many pupils and parents there is little choice of school due to transport issues.

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“I believe ensuring the provision of quality, local, accessible and free education is a state responsibility, the idea of a market and academisation does not provide any guarantees to parents and pupils to improve this provision.”