Seven schools in Moseley & Kings Heath have published a draft proposal to form a multi-academy trust.
Three primary schools and four secondary schools are part of the draft proposal which will affect over 5,500 pupils, several hundred members of staff and thousands of future students.
The schools involved are Kings Heath Primary, Park Hill Primary and Wheelers Lane Primary and secondary schools Kings Heath Boys, Queensbridge, Swanshurst and Wheelers Lane Technology College.
Campaigners from Love Brum Schools made up of parents, staff and community members have raised concerns about the draft proposal which fails to address questions raised to why they are pushing ahead with forming a multi-trust academy in the first place, a model which many senior figures in education have criticised as well as the Education Select Committee which recently released a damning report on the performance and accountability of MATs.
Financial irregularities at academies such as Perry Beeches and Baverstock Academy also concern parents, showing what can happen with the lack of scrutiny and accountability of schools outside the local authority.
Campaigners have also noted the lack of detail in the draft proposal which doesn’t talk much about the pros and cons of MATs and alternative options. They are also confused to why they are being asked to respond to questions about specific details of a proposed MAT before first being asked if they want a MAT at all.
Love Brum Schools continues to campaign for schools to hold a meaningful consultation before any application is made to the Department for Education to form a multi-academy trust. They have also launched a crowdfunding page to challenge the schools legally.