Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/401/4565

From The Socialist newspaper, 14 July 2005

Save our education

Stop these academies

COVENTRY'S COMPREHENSIVE education is under attack. Coventry city council recently announced proposals to turn three of our secondary schools into two City Academies.

Jane Nellist, Coventry NUT (personal capacity)

Councils are being held to ransom by the government into accepting City Academies in return for extra funding to re-build or re-furbish our other schools.

Woodway Park Secondary School has been selected as one of the schools, the sponsor being a multi-millionaire Christian fundamentalist who will undoubtedly seek to impose his own religious views on the school for an outlay of just 2 million.

The sponsor Bob Edmiston, a car dealer, already owns multiple radio stations that beam out his religious rantings to millions of people. He already has one City Academy in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull and wants to establish three!

The second academy is proposed for a new, multi-million pound redevelopment by merging two schools, Barrs' Hill and Sidney Stringer. In this case, no sponsor has yet been identified. We could go through an absurd public consultation in September without knowing who the sponsor is likely to be! How's that for democracy?

After much debate in the local paper, some Labour Party councillors and members are clearly unhappy with the proposals from the Conservative ruling group on the council - even though it is the Labour government that is actively pushing these academies!

If these schools are established, it will be disastrous for education in this city. The government intends to create privately run City Academies in every city and town across the country.

Over 3 billion has been set aside for this 'Blair' project. Our demand must be that we have that money to rebuild our schools without any strings attached - that means no City Academies and no PFI!


COUNCILLORS FROM all the mainstream parties voted at a recent Waltham Forest School Organisation Committee (SOC) meeting to close McEntee Secondary School, which had seen off an earlier attempt to set up an academy. This time the United Learning Trust (ULT), a subsidiary of the Church Schools Company, wants to set up an academy.

Many people at the meeting feared that, if they rejected this proposal, the 25 million earmarked for McEntee in the Treasury would not only be with-held for McEntee itself, but also for the refurbishment of all secondary schools in the borough. Most people would call that blackmail.

Two other interest groups voted against the proposal - the schools group, made up of governors and more directly associated with education on the ground than councillors, and, amazingly, the group representing the Church of England, which says ULT has only very tenuous links with them.

Privatisations everywhere are cloaked in commercial secrecy. But it appears that private school outfit ULT, already owning nine private fee-paying schools, is looking to expand its empire. Its stated aim is to own 100 schools.

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


In The Socialist 14 July 2005:

No to terrorism, No to war

Horror on our doorstep

London bombings and Iraq

Fight racism and Islamophobia

No to terrorism No to war

ISR -  getting our message across

A new challenge from the left in Germany

Mao - the story is known

Save our education

Defend Saudi workers

Distribution staff fight for pay and conditions


 

Home   |   The Socialist 14 July 2005   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Education:

triangleBrighton victory

triangleUni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

triangleTeachers strike in Sheffield

Coventry:

triangleCoventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

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

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

Schools:

triangleOpposition to new academy school being built on Leeds playing fields

triangleTeachers, students and parents demand an end to the schools funding crisis

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Council:

triangleBlairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangleStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

Academies:

triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

School:

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/12/17

Haringey

Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

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