Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/680/12430

From The Socialist newspaper, 20 July 2011

Defending state education - Brighton academy victory

Dave Richards, former Varndean governor and Brighton Socialist Party member
School students and teachers protest against academies at Tile Hill Wood school in Coventry, photo Coventry Socialist Party , photo by  Coventry Socialist Party

I was a governor at Varndean school for over four years because I passionately believe in a properly resourced comprehensive education system, open to all regardless of their background.

But applying for 'academy' status was raised at a governors' meeting.

Governors could not discuss the issue outside of the meeting, even with partners. I resigned to join with others actively campaigning against academy status.

Varndean School Against Academies organised to lobby the governors. This followed a very successful public meeting on 17 June, which saw calls for further action including parent, staff and student protests and industrial action by the staff.

Around 80 people gathered at the school and held a noisy protest outside the room where the governors had their meeting. What was particularly encouraging was the involvement in the lobby of representatives from key trade unions such as the NUT and Unison alongside students, former students, parents, local people and campaigners.

All of those who spoke, including a former head girl who left the school in 1952, stressed the importance of defending public education. Socialist Party member Julie Donovan highlighted the impact a shift to academy status would have on children with special needs and called on the governors to discuss the decision with the lobby.

Two year-11 pupils were verbally attacked by the head for being photographed conversing with people taking part in the lobby. We must make it clear that we will defend the rights of students to speak out and to demonstrate to defend their education.

The governors meeting ended without any decision being made. Later the head and chair of governors released a statement which attacked the campaign, but gave a clear commitment that Varndean will not become an academy now or in the near future. They even adopted one of our campaigning slogans, 'Varndean is not for sale'.

This victory however may only be temporary. It is clear that the Tories are hell-bent on destroying the comprehensive education system and rolling out academies as widely as possible. Already there are academy rumours surrounding another school in Brighton and Hove and we should be looking to launch a city-wide campaign to defend public education.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 20 July 2011:


News International scandal

Force Cameron out!

Get rid of Cameron, Murdoch and all they represent


Socialist Party news and analysis

Capitalism stuck in a blind alley


Anti-cuts news and campaigning

'No cuts' budgets or 'parallel' budgets?

Legal Aid Bill - Access to justice is under attack

Immigration Advice closure shows need for industrial struggle

Stop Swansea coastguard closure

Southampton council workers' struggle continues despite imposition of new contracts

Labour takes axe to Sure Start in Liverpool


The NHS

Privatisation and cuts undermine the NHS

A day in the life of a student nurse: Overworked - but happy to help


Socialist Party workplace news

Bromley Unison reps resign in protest at union's disgraceful actions

South Yorkshire journalists start all-out strike

Strike solid at BBC Leeds office

Renationalise Bombardier to save jobs

London NSSN meeting - 'real debate' on preparing for coordinated action


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Defending state education - Brighton academy victory

TUSC: Building an electoral challenge to Con-Dem and Labour cuts

Tolpuddle says: 'step up the action'

The Work Programme: is it only chasing people off benefits?


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Massive metal workers' strike


Selling the Socialist

Throw away the Murdoch rags!


Socialist Party review

Music review - "This place is coming like a ghost town..."


 

Home   |   The Socialist 20 July 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Brighton:

triangleStrike together for better pay

triangleBrighton: NSSN rally at the TUC Congress

triangleSocialist Party PCS conference meeting: How Corbyn could win with socialist policies

triangleDeliveroo victory in Leeds

triangleDeliveroo cedes ground in Brighton dispute

Education:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

triangleFreshers week campaigning reports

triangleFight for free education

School:

triangleYoung Socialists launched in Greater Manchester

triangleSchools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

triangleSchool spend is behind eastern Europe

Academies:

triangleCorbyn pledges council powers to take over academies

triangleCorbyn pledges end to uni fees and school cuts

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/10/17

Cleaners

Justice for Tube cleaners demo

11/10/17

Salford

Salford Unison condemns pay cuts

11/10/17

Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

11/10/17

Carlisle

Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

11/10/17

Green

Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

11/10/17

Fire

No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

11/10/17

Cardiff

Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

11/10/17

John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

11/10/17

Orgreave

Join the Orgreave Halloween rally

11/10/17

Union

Workplace news in brief

11/10/17

Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

6/10/17

Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

5/10/17

Runcorn

Too much to cross the Mersey

4/10/17

Royal Mail

Set for national strike action

4/10/17

London

Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2