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Consultation held with Academies Enterprise Trust

posted 12 Aug 2013, 04:48 by Google Google   [ updated 26 Oct 2015, 11:02 by Denise Hynard ]
Questions raised Raised by whom Answer to question Answered by whom
What will happen with the children who are in nursery but are due to start school in September? Parent
  • Admission criteria will remain the same as present. This could not be changed without consultation. The nursery will form part of the academy.
R Bassett, S Crockett
Will the uniform stay the same or will there be a new uniform? Parent
  • The school is looking to upgrade the uniform and are working with AET on funding for this. Colour to remain the same but with white shirts. Can say 90% sure that each child will receive a free full set of uniform for September.
  • Almost all decisions will be made by the head teacher and governors. AET does not dictate to the school and they do not want the school to lose its identity.
S Crockett, R Bassett
What about tests? Will SATs continue and will children still be able to take the 11+? Parent Governor
  • AET will become like the Local Authority. SATs testing will continue as will the 11+.
  • Inspectors will still come into school
  • National curriculum subjects the same but with some flexibility
  • Secondary admissions procedure will remain the same.
R Bassett, S Crockett
We work with other primary schools in the area. Will we still be able to do this? Staff
  • Even when you become an academy you can still work with other schools that are not academies. It is about sharing best practice.
R Bassett
What are the benefits to the children and parents in becoming an academy? Resident/Scout Leader Main benefits would be:
  • Financial – AET top slice less therefore more money available for the school to spend
  • Different family of schools – sharing of good practice and support for one another
  • High level training for staff
R Bassett
What are the benefits to the children and parents in becoming an academy? Resident/Scout Leader Main benefits would be:
  • Financial – AET top slice less therefore more money available for the school to spend.
  • Different family of schools – sharing of good practice and support for one another
  • High level training for staff
R Bassett
At present you say you have 3-5 primary schools. By September you will have 61 academies of which 35-40% will be primary. If you are going from a small number of schools to a larger number will you still have the capacity to support. Community Governor
  • AET not there as intervention
  • Would give schools the flexibility to share resources
  • Opportunities for staff to work across other schools.
  • School to work to own capacity but there will be a network available which enables support to be put in place if needed.
  • More buying power with greater number of schools.
  • Head Teachers from both secondary and primary schools attend the same meeting to enable support and good practice in both.
R Bassett
Concerned about how quickly AET is growing. How will they be able to sustain the support? Parent/Staff
  • Would not build central capacity. There is a central team with specific skills which would enable schools in building their own capacity.
  • Listening to primary schools to find out what their needs are, support they require, and what works best for them. AET better now than they were 2 years ago.
R Bassett
When sharing ideas would this take place at the school delivering good practice or would that school send someone to another school to display the good practice. Parent Governor
  • Really up to the head teachers of the schools concerned how CPD accessed. Can be centrally or a mix of sharing with schools. Also online support is very good.
R Bassett