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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

PROTEST AGAINST PROFIT IN EDUCATION

Wednesday 16th May the Academies Show will be held inOlympia. It will be a privatisation jamboree with for-profit providers touting their wares.

As Michael Gove forces increasing numbers of schools to become academies, the edu-businesses are queuing up to cash in. Every day businesses looking to profit from education are emailing academies show attendees advertising their services.

The Anti Academies Alliance wants to ask these people some questions. That’s why will protesting at the conference. Join us.

9am Wednesday 16th May
Olympia Two
West Hall – Upper Level, Blythe Rd (off Hammersmith Rd) London W14 8UX

Click here to download the protest flyer

Protest against profit in education

Original source, the Anti Academies Alliance: http://antiacademies.org.uk/2012/03/protest-keep-the-fat-cats-out-of-our-schools/

AAA: http://antiacademies.org.uk

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Public-Private Partnership

PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM: OPENING UP SERVICES

29th September 2011, The Barbican, London.

The government’s ‘Open Public Services White Paper’, due in July, will set out the bold blueprint for the reform of our public services. It is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. But an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector.

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality.

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the white paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

OVERVIEW

The challenge for change has been set – requiring a seismic shift in the delivery of public services. Top-down policy direction has been consigned to the past and replaced by the localism agenda. There can be no doubts that the depth of public spending cuts increased the complexities, debates and urgency of delivering this change. But it is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. It is also an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector. However, many public sector workers are likely to be unenthusiastic over job losses or reapplying to take on a service – is the public sector too risk adverse for such change?

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality. What is the role of local authorities in making this new approach work? Responsibility lies in setting up investment and advisory services to help community projects and organisations have a rigorous business plan, ensuring a level playing field, and fair funding and access for all. Council and policy leaders will need to understand the limits of what can be achieved within core budgets and what the acceptable operational risk across services will be.

The reforms are not without sizable concerns, as highlighted by the Deloitte report ‘A Little Local Difficulty’. The report findings suggested that there remains ambiguity on what exactly is meant by the localism and Big Society agendas and how they should be delivered at a local level. How will frontline services be affected in this period of upheaval, and do authorities realistically have the timescales to manage performance, service outcomes and set accountable frameworks?

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the White Paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

Booking online: http://www.cvent.com/events/public-service-reform-opening-up-services/event-summary-8a1f6a8e93164c64b9342e8c30ab987e.aspx

Speakers include:

Keynote Address
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (invited)
Minister of State for Decentralisation, Communities & Local Government
“Opening Up Services”

Councillor Richard Kemp (confirmed)
Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Group; Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Local Government Association
“Modernising Public Services: A Flexible and Community-led Approach”

Closing Keynote Address
Julian McCrae (confirmed)
Director of Research, Institute for Government
“Reforming Service Delivery to Meet the Citizen’s Needs”

Further details of the programme can be found online: http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/190/public-sector-reform  

Places are limited to 250 and are awarded on a first come, first served basis

If you are unable to attend, please feel free to forward details of this event to a colleague.

If you wish to register your interest in exhibiting or delivering a workshop, you can submit your contact details online and one of our advisors will be in touch shortly.

If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Mark Barkley
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Publicservice.co.uk Ltd
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Manchester, M3 5ER

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Obviously this is a pro-business takeover of public services conference. It would be good to have some critical voices at this shindig – Glenn Rikowski

 

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Academies

ANTI ACADEMIES CONFERENCE

One year on from the Academies Act – Fighting Academy Conversions & Free Schools

A major one day conference for governors, parents and staff who want help to organise to stop primary, secondary and special schools converting to academy status.
                                                                   
There will be practical workshops for governors, parents, schools students, and staff. Other workshops sessions include Free Schools; ‘Edu-business’, UTCs and 16-19 academies, equality and SEN and ‘Rogue head teachers’.
 
This conference is the next step in the crucial campaign against the Government’s academy schools reform proposals.
 
Speakers include: Lisa Nandy MP; Nigel Gann one of the UK’s leading authorities on school governance; John Adams (NGA pc); Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education; Christine Blower, NUT;  Mary Bousted, ATL; Patrick Roach NASUWT; Megan Dobney, SERTUC; Alasdair Smith AAA
 
Saturday 11th June, 10.30am – 4pm
Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Speakers include:
 
Organised by: SERTUC and Anti Academies Alliance
To register email sertucevents@tuc.org.uk
Click here for more information

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Schools and Bonus Culture

 

 

It is not surprising that hand-in-hand with the business takeover of schools we find business-like reward schemes developing. Hank Roberts exposed an emerging bonus culture in schools in England at the Association of Teachers & Lecturers conference yesterday. New Labour Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, supports such a policy, it seems. See more from the stories below:   

 

 

Anthea Lipsett and Polly Curtis, ‘City greed and bonus culture ‘infecting state schools’’, 7th April, The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/apr/07/education-ed-balls-bonuses-management

 

 

Daily Mail Reporter, ‘State school headteacher enjoyed £130,000 in ‘City-style’ bonuses, 7th April, Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1168091/State-school-headteacher-enjoyed-130-000-City-style-bonuses.html

 

 

Graeme Paton, ‘Bonus culture ‘banking sickness’ spreading to state schools, ATL conference told’, 6th April, The Daily Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/5115832/Bonus-culture-banking-sickness-spreading-to-state-schools-ATL-conference-told.html

 

 

Alison Smith, ‘Secondary head picks up bonuses’, 7th April, BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7987167.stm

 

 

Tristan Kirk, ‘Copland school defends bonus policy’, 7th April, Harrow Times

http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/4274063.Headteacher_attacked_for___130_000_bonuses/

 

 

Tim Ross, ‘A leading London headteacher who took home at least £130,000 in bonuses employed three family members at his school, a whistleblower claimed today’, 7th April, London Evening Standard

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23672805-details/State+head+on+%C2%A3130,000+bonuses+puts+his+family+on+the+payroll/article.do

 

 

Kat Baker, ‘Schools criticised for City-style bonuses, 7th April, Personnel Today

http://www.personneltoday.com/articles/2009/04/07/50199/schools-criticised-for-city-style-bonuses.html

 

 

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Volumizer Resurrection Two

 

The Volumizer is Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. This was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students, will be preserved at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:

 

 

 

2007

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) When Bullies Roam the School, 3rd November, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=When%20Bullies%20Roam%20the%20School

 

 

 

 

2006

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2006) Lazy Brit Kids? London, 10th November, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Lazy%20Brit%20Kids

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2005) The Education White Paper and the Marketisation and Capitalisation of the Schools System in England (in two parts), London, 24th October, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=The%20Education%20White%20Paper%20and%20the%20Marketisation%20of%20Schools

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2005) The Business of Becoming a Business for Academies, London, 7th October, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=The%20Business%20of%20Becoming%20a%20Business%20for%20Academies