The Labour Group on Cornwall Council has proposed a motion calling on Cornwall Council to oppose the imposition of academies on all schools in Cornwall.
Leader Cllr Tim Dwelly will propose the motion and it is seconded by Independent Cllr Andrew Wallis - the Portfolio Holder for Children's Services. We hope to get support from across the council to oppose this government policy.
We are concerned that the co-operative nature of our current Cornish primary and junior schools will be lost. Many schools in West Cornwall work in a co-op to share services and buying power. It makes a lot of sense. Instead they would all become, under the government's hastily announced plan, stand alone companies.
The Government says no parent governors places will be on the new governing bodies. Clearly no local or parental voices are wanted in educating children!
Public money which has paid for and supported local schools will move into the private sector. How long will it be before our football and netball pitches are sold off for housing?
Many small schools will become unviable under this plan. They will not be big enough to survive and cope with the bureaucracy. Cornish schools will close - another hammer blow for rural communities in Cornwall.
Where will schools go when things go wrong? And they do! At present most contact the council for help, advice and action. No doubt, if this plan comes to fruition. they will be approaching expensive private companies - at taxpayers expense but with no accountability.
To become an academy is a huge and expensive exercise involving months of planning and energy - time, money and effort which should be spent teaching and improving a school.
The Labour Group hope that we will obtain support from across the council and so far many Independents, the Lib Dems and Mebyon Kernow have indicated support. If the motion passes then the largest rural unitary council in the country will be in opposition to the government's plan.
The only good thing about the plan is, as academies, thousands of teachers will finally be able to stand as Labour candidates to fight the current government!