11 May 2016
This Council commends the excellent relationship between the Council and schools, focused on delivering the best education possible so that each of Gloucestershire's young people can attain their full potential.
This Council is aware that in spite of many secondary schools in the county that have now become academies, a relatively large number of primary schools in Gloucestershire have chosen to remain under local authority control.
This Council is concerned that despite the government abandoning its plans to force all schools in England to become academies, it will nevertheless still compel academy conversions on those schools that are deemed to be struggling or failing to improve sufficiently.
This Council recognises that there is a particular issue with the academisation of small rural schools, both in terms of the financial commitment involved and also the resource demands on the process on staff.
Response provided by Secretary of State for Schools:
This Council still continues to recognise the importance and the valuable contributions of parent governors and local authority governors who act as "critical friends" to both support and hold head teachers to account.
This Council believes that making schools become academies whether they're struggling or not is both illiberal and undemocratic, and this Council therefore resolves that the Leader of this Council and the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP and the six Gloucestershire MPs asking them to abandon completely their aspirations to convert schools to academies and remove parent governors from governing bodies.