Brighton and Hove are set to make £800,000 of cuts in the youth service. The consultation launched just days before councillors vote on the budget can’t be anything but token for more details see this Argus report.
A campaign to protect youth services has been set up and this Sat, 28th January, there is a march to protest at the proposed cuts in the city’s Youth Services. The march will start at 1pm at the War Memorial in the Old Steine and will end at the train station.
University sponsorship does not safeguard democratic governance or parental engagement. Nor does it suggest a better school than those run by local authorities or even by other academy and free school sponsors (known as Multi Academy Trusts when more than one academy or free school is sponsored).
Free schools and academies both have the legal status of an academy but the term free school is used for newly opened academies, while existing local authority schools which convert are called academies. Both are, by definition, not locally accountable schools. In our experience, parental engagement tends to be greater with local authority schools and even academy heads will say that local authorities interfere rather less in their schools than Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in their academies and free schools (regardless who set up the MAT). There is now evidence that MATs, including those run by universities, have over-ridden heads and interfered in the curriculum of free schools and academies.