New Labour's Academies Programme

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In 2008 Lord Adonis proclaimed in an article entitled, ‘Academies and the future of state education’ that ‘Academies are injecting the best of the DNA of private schools into the state funded sector’ (p10). In that statement Lord Adonis showed the enthusiasm and positivity that the Labour government held upon implementing this programme. However, the New Labour’s Academies programme showed internal and external ambiguities. Hatcher (2010, p81) in his article, ‘New lessons for England’s schools’ writes, ‘The rationale for Labour’s Academy can be summarised simply as: in order to increase the competitiveness of the British economy, students' attainment needs to improve, and the involvement of external organisations in running schools can make them more efficient’. Hatcher’s summary of what Labour’s policy on Academies intended to achieve contradicts Curtis (2009) observations that point to ‘little evidence on Academies ability to raise attainment’ and the notion that Academies were only introduced as an intervention process to change and transform education in disadvantaged communities and ‘turn around’ failing schools. Hatcher expands on this point about ‘external organisation’ as they continually change and drive the motives for business pressures and privatisation. This continued ‘change’ towards a school business model is a paradoxical swift from intervention which primarily focuses on improving failing schools. This is important because the current Conservative led

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