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Academies are a costly failure

July 28, 2006 9:00 AM
Andrew outside Northampton Academy

"Tony Blair must be eating his famous words - education, education, education - the introduction of academies are proving to be nothing more than - failure, failure, failure" said Andrew

A study published today by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) shows that academy schools have cost taxpayers £48.5 million more than budgeted despite falling to the bottom of the league tables.

Figures from the Department for Education and Skills show that while 57.1% of state school pupils received five good GCSEs in 2005, academies' results were way below even that. The number of pupils achieving 5 A-C grade GCSEs at Northampton Academy for 2005 was just 35%.

Commenting on the revelations, Andrew Simpson, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Northampton North said: "Yet again Labour have put a headline-grabbing scheme before the people they are meant to serve.

"Tony Blair must be eating his famous words - education, education, education - the introduction of academies are proving to be nothing more than - failure, failure, failure.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary, Sarah Teather MP said:"Parents will still have serious questions about the Government's academies programme.

"Leaving aside Lord Levy's enticement of donors, the cost of academies are enormous and the results are inflated. Ministers should halt the scheme and take stock about whether it really offers value for money.

To find out more about Lib Dem education policies go to: www.libdems.org.uk/education