Statistics required to uphold Mr Gove's conference statement about academy benefits
Dear Department for Education
Mr Gove made a speech to the Conservative Conference on 4 October in which he said:
"They [1,300 academies] benefit from longer school days, smaller class sizes, better paid teachers, more personalised learning, improved discipline and higher standards all round."
Mr Gove must have statistics that back up these claims. I am, therefore, asking for the following data:
1 The average length of an academy school day compared with the average length of a school day in a community school. This data should be broken down into primary and secondary.
2 The average class size in a primary academy compared with the average class size in a primary community school.
3 The average class size in a secondary academy compared with the average class size in a secondary community school.
4 The average pay for a classroom teacher in an academy compared with the average pay for a classroom teacher in a community school.
5 The average pay of a headteacher in a secondary academy compared with the average pay for a headteacher in a secondary community school.
6 The average pay of a headteacher in a primary academy compared with the average pay for a headteacher in a primary community school.
I should also be grateful if you could ask Mr Gove to give the figures that justify his statement that pupils in academies benefit from more "personalised learning" than pupils in community schools.
Finally, I should be grateful if you could ask Mr Gove to justify his statement that academies have "improved discipline and higher standards all round". What measures did he use to uphold this statement?
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