Michael Gove has no friends at all in the Local Schools Network – not surprising as the contributors oppose the government’s education policy.
Many posts on the website relate to free schools and academies and are therefore of interest to anyone concerned about such a school opening locally; they provide information from an alternative perspective.
A post today written by a mother from Bath relates a request from the head of her child’s academy for a monthly contribution to school funds from parents. The request included the statement that it was not unreasonable to ask for money, due to the “bleak governmental funding future” and the fact that the opportunities at the school were “on a par with any other school”.
Is this what parents at an academy can expect? When pressed on the reasons why this “top-up scheme” was being implemented, when converting to academy status was supposed to result in better funding, the head “claimed they needed extra resources to come from parents to compensate for reductions in funding per pupil”.
You can read the post and comments here .