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Head teacher defends under-fire academy system

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

Mosley School Anslow Investors in people Award. L-R Anne James (headteacher of school), Brian Chambers (Member of LSC), Jenny Sorrel (Member of LSC).

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A HEAD teacher has defended academy schools after the system came in for criticism.

A report by the Academies Commission suggested that the school system could create ‘social segregation’, raising concerns about how children are selected.

The unions have also rounded on the way academy schools are ran, with NASUWT saying the report highlighted some of their ‘long-term concerns’.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the teachers’ union, said: “As the NASUWT has continued to make clear, there is no link between academisation and ensuring that all children and young people can make the most of their potential as learners. The report provides powerful confirmation of this.”

Anne James, head teacher of the Mosley Academy, in Anslow, which recently took the decision to switch to the system said: “For us it’s still early days, but if we thought it was to the detriment of our children then we wouldn’t have done it.

“We have more money to spend on our children and it allows us to do more things.”

Mrs James said that the school still follows the same local authority guidelines it always has on pupil admission.

She added: “We made it very clear that we wanted to serve children locally - the children of Burton.”

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