Playing pass the parcel with children and staff isn’t the way to raise standards

Commenting on the news that the academy chain E-ACT is to lose ten of its schools, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The DfE announcement to strip E-ACT of ten of its Academies will cause uncertainty and anxiety for pupils, parents and staff in the academies which have been named.

“The NASUWT has been expressing concern for some time about the school improvement strategies adopted by E-ACT, which in our view were counterproductive to raising standards.

“Unfortunately, while the DfE will undoubtedly make a virtue out of its decision to remove the schools from E-ACT and find other sponsors, this ‘pass the parcel’ strategy is no way to treat children, staff and schools or to support school improvement.

“Children and staff are, once again, being sacrificed, as the flaws in the Coalition’s ideological policy of privatising and marketising schools continue to emerge.”

ENDS

Amanda Williamson,
Press and Media Officer,
NASUWT,
0121 457 6239 (Direct line)
07741 246202 (Mobile)