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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 May 2012

Lincolnshire academies in crisis

Schools should be put back under community control

Academies are a major plank of the Con-Dems' education policy. They are outside local authority democracy and promised increased funding, at the expense of the remaining local authority schools. They don't have to follow the national curriculum nor teachers' national pay and working conditions agreements.

Lincolnshire Socialist Party member Nick Parker writes.

An academy chain that teaches over 5,000 children across Lincolnshire was thrown into crisis after the resignation of its chief executive Richard Gilliland.

Gilliland, who was paid over 200,000 a year, resigned amid allegations of corruption emerging from a government investigation into the academy chain's finances, and the report's subsequent cover-up. The content of the report, which has since been made public, is nothing short of explosive.

Gilliland ordered the purchase and development of a French chateau which was used for family holidays. School credit cards were used for the purchase of sex games and supplements, as well as iPads, a dishwasher and washing machine, horse riding lessons for his son, and much more!

The Priory Federation of Academies Trust, which runs several primary and secondary schools in the county, was set up in 2007 in the face of opposition from teaching unions and Lincolnshire Socialist Party. Alan Watkins-Groves, then assistant divisional secretary of Lincolnshire NUT, was criticised for opposing academies. He has since been completely vindicated.

At the time, Socialist Party members supported him and warned that the New Labour-backed academy project undermined democratic accountability.

'Bury it'

The Tory MP for Lincoln, Karl McCartney, said the report should be buried after he read it.

While Labour's Lucy Rigby argued for the report to be made publicly available, in a question and answer session at the 2011 TUC congress, Labour leader Ed Miliband confirmed his support for academies. Academies were first set-up under Tony Blair's Labour government, paving the way for the current government's massive expansion of the scheme.

Instead of academies, the Socialist Party demands increased investment in comprehensive, local authority education.

Lincolnshire Socialist Party members call on the teaching unions, school students and everyone opposed to the sort of corruption that has emerged here to unite against academies.

We seek to build a mass campaign to bring our schools back under local authority jurisdiction, with democratic control including by elected representatives of unions, students, parents and the local community. The rotten core of the academy system has been laid bare for all to see.

Striking against academies

Teachers at Downhills school in Haringey, north London, took their first day of strike action against the school becoming an academy on Tuesday 22 May.

As we go to press, NUT members at Kingsthorpe College, Northampton, are due to strike on Wednesday 23 May against the proposal to transfer their employment to the Collaborative Academies Trust, the 'non-profit' arm of Edison Learning.

NASUWT and NUT members in 15 primary schools in Birmingham, all threatened with being forced to become academies, are also being balloted for industrial action.


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In The Socialist 23 May 2012:

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Council workers in Cheshire strike against attacks on pay

Socialist Party news and analysis

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Rochdale: far right attempts to exploit tragedy of abuse

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International socialist news and analysis

Ireland: 31 May referendum

Eurovision hosts are top of the charts for repression

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Back to work? How the system fails the unemployed

Mullivaikal 2012 - Solidarity with the Tamil people

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Profit hungry 'Big Oil' backs climate change deniers

The housing crisis - action needed now

Youth Fight for Jobs Northern Ireland launched in Belfast

Building the electoral alternative in Brent

Stockland Green march for jobs

More attacks on right to campaign

Socialist Party workplace news

Interview with RMT assistant general secretary candidate

AEI Cables: "Thrown out in disgraceful circumstances"

Leadership shows weakness at CWU conference

Workplace news in brief

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