A heads teachers’ leader has expressed doubts about government plans to force all schools in England to become academies.
Incoming NAHT leader Kim Johnson, who is an academy head, says he knows the merits of autonomy and freedom.
But in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, he warns the programme is costly and the benefits uncertain.
The government says it wants all schools to be able to enjoy academy freedoms.
It has published plans to require all schools to become academies by 2022.
But there has been opposition from teachers, Labour politicians and from some Conservative MPs and councillors.
Now the National Association of Head Teachers, which mainly represents primary schools, has expressed its concerns.
Mr Johnson says in the letter: “I will happily persuade my colleagues of the merits of autonomy and freedom. But I have doubts about forcing every school in England to convert to academy status.
“The cost of this initiative is high and the benefits are uncertain. Smaller schools could suffer.
“We should be devoting our energy to what happens inside the classroom rather than top-down structural reform and I’ll be disappointed if legislation is rushed into the Queen’s Speech.”
It comes as Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is preparing to address the NAHT conference in Birmingham.
Earlier this week, she defended the plans in front of the Education Select Committee, saying they would create “a strong, consistent system”.
A dual system with academies running alongside local authority schools would be less efficient, she said.
Source:: BBC UK