Written by Luna Webster
David Cameron promised today that under a Conservative government after the general election, England’s school budgets would be kept the same. However, the party also conveyed their disapproval for the current state of education in the country.
The Prime Minister claimed he would try and raise acheivement in thousands of schools deemed to require improvement by Ofsted. One of his suggestions to help him do this is converting schools to academies. But what does this mean?
Academies are independent schools that are ran by the state but instead of being funded by local authorities, they are funded by the main government. The idea for this is that head teachers have more control in their school and schools can find themselves with a slightly larger budget. However, critics say that academies could have a negative affect on education because they could make privatisation easy. That leads to a very current question: should essential services like education and health be owned by private businesses and capitalised upon? Or should they remain free and accessible for everyone – should anyone have the right to make money from them?
Of course, if there are negative or positive changes when a school becomes an academy, those affected will be young people. If your school has been changed to an academy have you seen any improvements or any disadvantages? What are your thoughts? How do you think education should be dealt with? Get talking on our facebook, twitter, and in the comments section below!