Louise today challenged the government over their "misguided" Education Bill which promotes a headlong rush towards academies, regardless of the evidence, while doing nothing to address the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.
During a committee which scrutinises the bill "line-by-line", Louise tabled an amendment which would have forced the Secretary of State to consider the implications of academisation on the pay and conditions of teachers.
Evidence suggests that moves towards academisation can have a detrimental effect on, particularly, the conditions of teachers. Newly appointed staff can, for instance, find that their entitlement to paid and maternity leave has not carried over into the academy system:
Remarking, Louise said "It is shocking that this misguided bill does not take any note of the impact on teachers' pay and conditions of the government's rush to academise. We are already suffering a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention which is having a very real impact here in Sheffield, as a result of an overtly politicised accountability regime, which is constantly moving the goalposts, excessive workload and the undermining of pay and conditions - that the government chose to pursue academisation rather than deal with the crisis which is affecting our schools says a great deal."
Louise has pledged to continue to stand up for dedicated teachers in Sheffield and met with teachers from across Sheffield on Friday to hear their concerns - details of which you can find here: http://www.louisehaigh.org.uk/local_teachers