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Oxfordshire County Council plans to "mitigate the risk of reducing income levels" due to the introduction of academy schools, by seeking "to undertake work for any academy or free school or organisations where the relevant service were previously provided by the county council."

Must protect those income levels at all costs!

A plan has been drawn up to help Oxfordshire County Council combat a financial black hole resulting from new academies.

County Hall is hoping to raise millions in income by offering its services to new academies which were created to break free of local education authority control.

The council is proposing to provide financial and human resources services, such as accounting and payroll.

It is even expected to offer to supply the new academies with school meals.

It will also offer its services to academies in other local authority areas including Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire.

A county council paper submitted to deputy leader David Robertson said: “In order to mitigate the risk of reducing income levels, approval is sought to undertake work for any academy or free school or organisations where the relevant service were previously provided by the county council.

“This will not fully protect income levels because some academies will seek to support services from elsewhere.”

County council spokesman Owen Morton said its total income from work undertaken at schools was currently around £17m. It is not known how much the new scheme would raise.

Chris Blakey, Oxfordshire representative on the National Union of Teachers executive, said: “It seems to me chickens are now coming home to roost. When I recently read the county council leader’s comments on academies I was tempted to say ‘we told you so’.”

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Oxfordshire County Council plans to "mitigate the risk of reducing income levels" due to the introduction of academy schools, by seeking "to undertake work for any academy or free school or organisations where the relevant service were previously provided by the county council."

Must protect those income levels at all costs!

Won't the costs fall too though? OK stupid question I know! :rolleyes:

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Great idea, until you consider the fact that free schools were set up specifically to get away from meddling bureaucrats.

The idea they would voluntarily pay for busybodies to stick their noses in is ludicrous.

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Great idea, until you consider the fact that free schools were set up specifically to get away from meddling bureaucrats.

The idea they would voluntarily pay for busybodies to stick their noses in is ludicrous.

Yep. The plan to offer out services to other counties is also interesting. I wonder what the response of neighbouring county councils will be.

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What happens when every school becomes an academy? Each of them buying services from different service providers - Is this really creating any efficiencies or just more people fighting for a slice of the school pie?

Currently failing schools become academies, earning themselves a greater pot of money which results in improved performance. Once all schools are academies, and certainly Gove has said all secondary schools will be so within 5 years then how are failing schools dealt with? It's all the same kids, it a slightly different system that wil result in the same outcomes. Schools in good areas doing well and poor areas failing.

Then a new solution will be implemented and the circus will continue.

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Oxfordshire County Council plans to "mitigate the risk of reducing income levels" due to the introduction of academy schools, by seeking "to undertake work for any academy or free school or organisations where the relevant service were previously provided by the county council."

Must protect those income levels at all costs!

This is just a ruse to avoid getting rid of all the council employees who no longer have a job with the advent of acadamies

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