Teachers keen to take control of schools

September 11th, 2012 Category: Educational Establishments

Teachers are taking on far more power and responsibility to run their schools the way they see fit.

Since coming to power two years, the government has been keen to push its Academies Programme – an extension of a scheme introduced by Labour that allows schools to enjoy more freedom and autonomy.

Among the benefits they enjoy are the ability to have greater control over their curriculums, money and even the length of the school day and terms.

The latest official figures show the option is proving very popular across England, with more than 2,300 schools having now converted to academy status.

As a result, it looks as if more and more institutions will look to procure school cleaning services themselves, rather than rely on contracts negotiated with their local authority.

Michael Gove, the education secretary, commented: "We believe in trusting the professionals.

"That's why we gave teachers the opportunity to take on more freedom and responsibility and they have grabbed it with both hands."

Government figures show that during September alone, 282 academies have opened, which means the overall number now stands at 2,309.

The option has proved particularly popular with secondary schools, as 54 per cent are either in the process of converting or have done so already.

David Laws, the schools minister, noted that becoming an academy puts power in the hands of frontline teachers, rather than bureaucrats and politicians.

He said he is pleased to see more schools are opting to "increase capacity to innovate", adding that "our vision is that all schools will take on these freedoms and responsibilities".

Many of the academies that are now open have their own unique and individual circumstances, so contract cleaners working in these institutions need to be aware of these when operating at these sites.

For instance, the number of academies for pupils with special educational needs has gone up significantly over the last year.

Whereas there was just one such establishment for these children a year ago, 14 are opening their doors this month, which means a total of 56 are now up and running across the country.