Are these the 200 primary schools destined to become academies?

Michael Gove promises to turn worst-performing primary schools into academies.

The government announced today that it will be conducting an overhaul of the nation's primary schools by transforming the 200 worst performing institutions into academies. Although the Department for Education has not yet released a list of affected schools, parents will no doubt be wondering whether their own children's education will be affected by changes.

The New Statesman can confirm that the criteria for assessing the "worst" schools are as follows:

1. Schools that have fewer than 60 per cent of pupils attaining level 4 or above in English and Maths at Key Stage 2 (SATs exams)

2. Schools that have a lower than average progression level for pupipils between Key Stages 1 and 2

Primary schools that have consistently fallen below average on both of these criteria for the past five years are thus likely to be affected by the new changes. The final figure may not be exactly 200 schools, the DfE have said, but the number is likely to be within that region.

Using data collated by the BBC for the academic year 2009-2010, here are 197 that would be categorised as "worst" by these criteria. Of course, things could change between now and the decision being taken. The list is by local authority:

The list is as follows:

Local Authority Name of School
Barnsley
Bedford
Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
Blackpool
Bolton
Bradford
Bristol, City of
Bristol, City of
Bristol, City of
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
Bury
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire East
Cheshire West
Cornwall
Cornwall
Cornwall
Cornwall
Croydon
Cumbria
Cumbria
Derby
Derbyshire
Derbyshire
Derbyshire
Devon
Devon
Doncaster
Dudley
Durham
Ealing
East Riding
Enfield
Essex
Essex
Essex
Essex
Essex
Essex
Essex
Essex
Essex
Gateshead
Gateshead
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
Halton
Halton
Hampshire
Hampshire
Hampshire
Hampshire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
Isle of Wight
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Hull
Kirklees
Knowsley
Lancashire
Lancashire
Leeds
Leeds
Leicester
Leicester
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire
Liverpool
Liverpool
Luton
Manchester
Medway
Medway
Newcastle Tyne
Newcastle Tyne
Norfolk
Norfolk
Norfolk
Norfolk
Norfolk
Norfolk
Norfolk
Norfolk
Norfolk
North Lincolnshire
North Somerset
North Somerset
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottingham
Nottingham
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
Oldham
Oxfordshire
Peterborough
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Rochdale
Rotherham
Rotherham
Rotherham
Sandwell
Sandwell
Sheffield
Shropshire
Somerset
Southampton
Southwark
Southwark
Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Suffolk
Suffolk
Suffolk
Sunderland
Surrey
Surrey
Swindon
Tameside
Telford and Wrekin
Thurrock
Wakefield
Walsall
Walsall
Wandsworth
Warwickshire
Warwickshire
Warwickshire
West Berkshire
West Sussex
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Wirral
Wirral
Wolverhampton
Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Darfield, All Saints, CofE Primary School
Abbey Middle School
St Clement's CofE Primary School
Brookfields Primary School
Primrose Hill Community School
Hawkesley CofE/Methodist Primary School
Bordesley Village Primary School
St George's CofE Junior and Infant School
Erdington Hall Primary School
Foundry Primary School
Christ The King Catholic Primary School
Queensbridge Primary School
St Oswald's CofE Primary School
Glenfrome Primary School
Oldbury Court Primary School
Ilminster Avenue Primary School
The Meadows School
Oak Green School
Bell Lane Combined School
St John's CofE Primary School, Radcliffe
The Round House Primary School
Guyhirn CofE VC Primary School
Orchards CofE Primary School
Underwood West Primary School
The Acorns Primary & Nursery School
Tregolls School
St Tudy CofE VA Primary School
Mevagissey Community Primary School
Ladock CofE School
Ecclesbourne Primary School
Petteril Bank School
St Cuthbert's Catholic School and Nursery
Boulton Primary School
Gamesley Community Primary School
Anthony Bek Community Primary School
Palterton Primary School
Bearnes Voluntary Primary School
Ashleigh CofE (VC) Primary School
Marshland Primary School
Thorns Primary School
Woodhouse Community Primary School
Petts Hill Primary School
Hornsea Burton Primary School
Starks Field Primary School
Ravenscroft Primary School
Alton Park Junior School
Harlowbury Primary School
John Bunyan Junior School
Melbourne Park Primary & Nursery
Milwards Primary School & Nursery
Wix and Wrabness Primary School
Little Parndon Primary School
Potter Street Primary School
Marley Hill Community Primary School
Blaydon West Primary School
Whitminster Endowed CofE School
Offa's Mead Primary School
Watermoor CofE Primary School
Parliament Primary School
St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
The Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School
Woodcroft Primary
Beaumont Junior School
Siskin Junior School
Romsey Primary School
Trosnant Junior School and BESD
Burley Gate CofE Primary School
Yewtree Primary School
Brockswood Primary School
Downside Middle School
Northdown Primary School
Rosherville CofE Primary School
Horizon Primary School
Greenfields Community Primary School
West Malling CofE VC Primary School
Linden Grove Primary School
Fordcombe CofE Primary School
Pilgrims' Way Primary School & Nursery
Castle Hill Community Primary School
Kingswood Primary School
Chantry Primary School
Molehill Copse Primary School
Hersden Community Primary School
Milton Court Primary School
Salmestone Primary School
Sherwood Park Primary School
Kingsmead Primary School
St James the Great Primary & Nursery
Bell Wood Community Primary School
Diocesan & Payne Smith CofE School
Hall Road Primary School
Newington Primary School
Foredyke Primary School
Griffin Primary School
Mount Pleasant Junior School
Greengates Community Primary
Weeton Primary School
Cherry Fold Community Primary
Grimes Dyke Primary School
Parklands Primary School
The Samworth Enterprise Academy
Mowmacre Hill Primary School
Thorpe Acre Junior School
The North Cotes CofE Primary School
The Mareham-le-Fen CofE School
Theddlethorpe Primary School
Phoenix Primary School
All Saints' Catholic Primary School
St Matthew's Primary School
Victoria Avenue Community Primary School
Luton Junior School
Stoke Community School
Walbottle Village Primary School
St George's RC Primary School
Hockwold Primary School
Cawston VC Primary School
The Bishops CofE Primary School
Peterhouse Primary School
Greenacre Primary & Nursery School
Upwell Community Primary School
Southery Primary School
Larkman Primary School
Thetford Queensway Community School
Parkwood Primary School
Court-de-Wyck Primary School
Oldmixon Primary School
Lumbertubs Primary School
Hazel Leys Nursery & Primary School
Southbrook Junior School
Lings Primary School
Earl Spencer Primary School
Grange Community School
Bedlingtonshire Junior High School
Rosslyn Park Primary & Nursery School
Westglade Primary School
Bulwell St Mary's Primary School
Brinsley Primary and Nursery School
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
Church Vale Primary School
St Swithun's CofE Primary School
Stoneleigh Primary School
Tower Hill Community Primary School
Woodston Primary School
Mayflower Community School
Paulsgrove Primary School
St Margaret's CofE Primary School
Dinnington Community Primary School
Dalton Foljambe Primary School
West Melton Junior and Infant School
Hateley Heath Primary School
Cape Primary School
Prince Edward Primary School
The Martin Wilson School
Cossington Primary School
Heathfield Junior School
Gloucester School
Crawford Primary School
Churchfield CofE Primary School
Chesterton Primary School
Amington Heath Community School
Dove Bank Primary School
Longwood Primary School
Western Springs Primary School
Kingsfleet Primary School
Sandlings Primary School
Whitton Community Primary School
Langer Primary School
Academy 360
Leatherhead Trinity School
Stepgates Community School
Mountford Manor Primary School
Wild Bank Community School
Millbrook Primary School
Lansdowne Primary School
Newlands Primary School
County Bridge Primary School
Harden Primary School
Southmead Primary School
Wood End Primary School
Oakfield Primary School
All Saints CofE Primary School
The Willows Primary School
Seal Primary School, Selsey
Princecroft Primary School
Kings Park Primary School
Studley Green Primary School
The Manor CofE VC Primary School
St John's CofE School
Wilton and Barford CofE Primary
Salisbury, Manor Fields Primary
Fender Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Graiseley Primary School
Perry Wood Primary and Nursery
Sutton Park Community Primary
Gorse Hill Community Primary
Dines Green Primary School

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Theresa May’s stage-managed election campaign keeps the public at bay

Jeremy Corbyn’s approach may be chaotic, but at least it’s more authentic.

The worst part about running an election campaign for a politician? Having to meet the general public. Those ordinary folk can be a tricky lot, with their lack of regard for being on-message, and their pesky real-life concerns.

But it looks like Theresa May has decided to avoid this inconvenience altogether during this snap general election campaign, as it turns out her visit to Leeds last night was so stage-managed that she barely had to face the public.

Accusations have been whizzing around online that at a campaign event at the Shine building in Leeds, the Prime Minister spoke to a room full of guests invited by the party, rather than local people or people who work in the building’s office space.

The Telegraph’s Chris Hope tweeted a picture of the room in which May was addressing her audience yesterday evening a little before 7pm. He pointed out that, being in Leeds, she was in “Labour territory”:

But a few locals who spied this picture online claimed that the audience did not look like who you’d expect to see congregated at Shine – a grade II-listed Victorian school that has been renovated into a community project housing office space and meeting rooms.

“Ask why she didn’t meet any of the people at the business who work in that beautiful building. Everyone there was an invite-only Tory,” tweeted Rik Kendell, a Leeds-based developer and designer who says he works in the Shine building. “She didn’t arrive until we’d all left for the day. Everyone in the building past 6pm was invite-only . . . They seemed to seek out the most clinical corner for their PR photos. Such a beautiful building to work in.”

Other tweeters also found the snapshot jarring:

Shine’s founders have pointed out that they didn’t host or invite Theresa May – rather the party hired out the space for a private event: “All visitors pay for meeting space in Shine and we do not seek out, bid for, or otherwise host any political parties,” wrote managing director Dawn O'Keefe. The guestlist was not down to Shine, but to the Tory party.

The audience consisted of journalists and around 150 Tory activists, according to the Guardian. This was instead of employees from the 16 offices housed in the building. I have asked the Conservative Party for clarification of who was in the audience and whether it was invite-only and am awaiting its response.

Jeremy Corbyn accused May of “hiding from the public”, and local Labour MP Richard Burgon commented that, “like a medieval monarch, she simply briefly relocated her travelling court of admirers to town and then moved on without so much as a nod to the people she considers to be her lowly subjects”.

But it doesn’t look like the Tories’ painstaking stage-management is a fool-proof plan. Having uniform audiences of the party faithful on the campaign trail seems to be confusing the Prime Minister somewhat. During a visit to a (rather sparsely populated) factory in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, yesterday, she appeared to forget where exactly on the campaign trail she was:

The management of Corbyn’s campaign has also resulted in gaffes – but for opposite reasons. A slightly more chaotic approach has led to him facing the wrong way, with his back to the cameras.

Corbyn’s blunder is born out of his instinct to address the crowd rather than the cameras – May’s problem is the other way round. Both, however, seem far more comfortable talking to the party faithful, even if they are venturing out of safe seat territory.

Anoosh Chakelian is senior writer at the New Statesman.

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