TES and statistics

I love my weekly read, but there is the occasional story that make me think it really must have been a slow news week…

This week’s headline, calls for academy arbitration rise four-fold, informs us:

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)… has said it has been called in to mediate over employee disputes in 38 academies during the last school year, up from just 10 the year before.”

The article then indicates that there have been a significant increase in the number of academies

with more than 1,400 now open, up from just over 200 two years ago.”

A degree is statistics probably isn’t required to stop the link here.  Thankfully the TES points out that:

the sharp rise in disputes has been linked by heads and unionists to the vast expansion of the academies programme.”

Really? 

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