Lords defeated on Education Bill changes

Attempts to require consultation of parents, teachers and governors over academy orders were defeated 191-205 yesterday in the second sitting of the Education and Adoption Bill at report stage in the House of Lords.

This comes after Nicky Morgan publicly called on members of the House of Lords to back Government moves to intervene in underperforming schools (including those that are ‘coasting’) without formal consultation and automatically convert inadequate schools into academies. Local authorities will then be under a duty to facilitate conversion.

Ms Morgan has said that action to block the move will mean leaving children “stuck in failing schools, unable to fulfil their potential, while bureaucracy and unnecessary debate prevents excellent school leaders from intervening and turning their lives around”.

Education and Adoption Bill: Report (2nd day) – transcript

‘Communication’ not ‘consultation’ over forced academies Lord Nash tells Education Bill debate (Schools Week)

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