Saturday, 3 July 2010

Growing opposition to the Academies Bill

Growing opposition to the Academies Bill

The opposition to the Academies Bill continues to grow.

The number of MPs signing the EDM has reached 68, with many Labour MPs demanding consultation before schools can become Academies.

The Children’s Services Network and Local Government Information Unit have produced a useful briefing.

The Anti Academies Alliance public meeting in London last week saw 250 people pack the room. Alongside the excellent platform speakers from the floor included a Headteacher, chair of governors, and teachers organizing against Academy proposals in their schools. There have been meetings around the country, with many more to follow.

In Calderdale parents are organizing to save their school

In Brent protestors gathered outside Claremont High School to leaflet and protest ( see update from Martin Francis below)

These are examples of what could be done at every school that threatens to become an Academy.

Meetings against the Academies Bill
   ·    Wakefield - A fair school system for all
* Trafford and Salford - Defend State Education
* Alliance Against Birmingham Academies meeting
* Manchester - Briefing meeting on the Academies Bill and Free Schools
* Cornwall - no more academies
* Norwich - Defend State Education

Anti Academies Newspaper – reprinting already
The first print run of the newspaper has run out and we have ordered a reprint.
We want to get this to parents in as many schools as possible, particularly if their school may be interested in becoming an Academy.
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Write to your MP

EDM 135
Please ask your MP to add their name to this Early Day Motion. Currently 68 MPs have signed it.

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Wealthy to dominate Academies

TES cover story – Academies: An issue that’s not clear cut

Lib Dem councillor says 'Academising' our primary schools will not solve parents' problems

Brent Council letter to schools

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CLAREMONT ACADEMY (Brent)  update from Martin Francis

The Governing Body of Claremont High School has acted after contradictory statements from the headteacher over applying for academy status. Terry Malloy's statements to the press had ranged from the tentative to the gung-ho and resulted in an anti-academy demonstration outside the school. Reading between the lines it appears that there might have been a good old-fashioned row on the governing body.

A statement published in the Harrow Times said:
"The discussion was full and frank. At this point in time, the governing body has concluded that no expression of interest in pursuing academy status will be made and the school will continue to explore the specific and wider implications of academy status to be better informed."

As Brent Green Party spokesperson on Children, Families and Schools I welcome the governing body's statement which indicates that they have recognised their democratic responsibilities and the need to be accountable to the wider community. I hope that after due deliberation they will reject the academy option on the grounds that it would undermine central services provided by the local authority, take money from other schools, and remove democratic accountability.

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