Who looks at acanofworms?

I’m delighted that there have now been been over 10,00 views (setttling down to an average of about 1,000 a week) of this blog.

Judging by who follows acanofworms on twitter, they come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, some pro academies, some anti academies and some just interested.

Do all feel free to comment and suggest more topics to cover.

I’m also pleased to note that the external link from which I get more referrals than any other is, I think, the Department’s own intranet! If that is right, then that’s great. Anyone from the Department is particularly welcome to comment on what has been written. Also do please correct any errors as I am keen to get things right – it is in the public interest that the information on here is not misleading. If you don’t want to correct errors publicly (because to do so would imply confirmation of the correctness of everything else on here) then feel free to email be separately on davidwolfe@matrixlaw.co.uk. I promise to correct errors without identifying you as the source of the correction.

  4 comments for “Who looks at acanofworms?

  1. Androulla Zucker
    July 22, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Find this website very informative, Thank you.

    Topic suggestion

    Academies flouting the law regarding voluntary contributions relating to school trips in school hours by omitting the word ‘voluntary in letters requesting contributions from parents.
    Would the Education Funding Agency purse a failure to meet legal obligation to inform parents that contributions for school trips are voluntary?

    I have just taken up this issue with the Academies Directorate who have reminded a school of its legal obligation that contributions are voluntary and they should make that clear to parents when asking for contributions.
    Not sure if they will comply but intend to send follow up letter to chair of governors.

  2. DW
    July 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    The problem you identify is, sadly, not limited to academies. It sounds as though, if the shool does not fall into line, the Department/EFA may act against the school. if not, then that would be interesting. Keep us informed!

  3. Henry King
    March 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    We want to convert because of a very negative relationship with the LA and because we think it will be the best thing for our community. Our la has already blocked a number of schools from converting and led a smear campaign against one head who wanted to convert. Many heads are afraid of the la control and the climate of fear has paralysed us.
    How can we move away from la control without them coming after us in the meantime?

  4. DW
    April 5, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Get in touch with an ‘academy broker’ from the DFE.

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