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Randstad Education's annual Clipper Event 2011 highlights pros and cons of Academisation

Randstad Education's annual Clipper Event 2011 highlights pros and cons of Academisation

Last month Randstad Education gave head teachers, school governors and school business managers the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of one of the most contentious topics in education academy conversion, at a seminar hosted aboard their Clipper ship the Stad Amsterdam, moored at West India Dock in London.

With over 1300 academies now established across the UK and another 700 in the pipeline, academisation is one of the hottest and most contentious topics in education.

Whether the main objective is to raise standards, increase resourcing or simply take control of every aspect of running a school as an effective business, there are few schools not contemplating what it all might mean for them.

Randstad Education recently invited 50 head teachers, governors and school business managers, to a seminar with three key figures to discuss the current financial, governance and educational issues around academisation - made all the more pressing with austerity measures starting to bite.

Organised by principal consultant, John Carter, who has recruited principals for a number of Academies, the breakfast briefing took place on the ocean going Clipper ship, the Stad Amsterdam, moored at West India Dock. Built as a joint venture with the City of Amsterdam, its construction provided valuable work experience for unemployed youngsters under Randstad's Finding Jobs For People programme.

In their presentations, the three speakers addressed all the pros and cons of converting to academy status. Alyson Howard heads up the academies team at accountants, Williams Giles and specialises in advising schools on academy conversion.

Clare Collins, the chair of the National Governors Association, helped to develop the NGA's detailed Q and A on the Academies Act and Ian Cleland has led the development of the Ormiston Trust's academy network as the chief executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust.

Randstad Education's leadership practice general manager, Sandun Dambawinna observed "The audience clearly benefitted from the speakers' commitment and knowledge of how to approach academisation and they gained a valuable insight into the process of how to ensure a successful transition.  Randstad will also continue to provide clients with updates and support regarding academisation."


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