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Education / Academies


10 October 2012

Waltham Forest: Parents and staff unite against school sell-off

Waltham Forest, in north east London, could have 16 'academy' schools, by the end of the year. Academies take away money from the remaining local authority schools, are outside local authority accountability,...

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NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky

29 August 2012

Gove stole our exam grades!

GCSE changes to prepare for more academies: Newspaper headlines about GCSE results are predictable. If the results show improvement it is "proof" that standards are slipping. It is nothing of the sort. This year's results give the lie to that...

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30 July 2012

Gove sneaking unqualified teachers into academies

The government has sneaked in a proposal to allow academies to use unqualified staff to teach children. This is overwhelmingly opposed by parents and teachers but people had their eyes on the Olympic opening ceremony while this measure was introduced

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18 July 2012

Teachers fight school privatisation

Over 100 new 'free schools', to open in September, were announced on 13 July, which will more than double the total number of free schools in England...

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13 June 2012

Striking against academies

On 31 May NUT members at Alperton Community school in Brent went on strike against proposals to turn their school into an academy. Hank Roberts spoke from the picket line

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29 May 2012

No to Kingsthorpe Academy! No to more school privatisations!

This headline was just one of the placards outside the school gates on 23 May when teachers in the NUT were on strike to stop Kingsthorpe College becoming an academy

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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.

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20 April 2012

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1 February 2012

Haringey takes action against academies

On Saturday 28 January, up to 1,000 people in north London marched from Downhills primary school, Tottenham, to Haringey Civic Centre, Wood Green, writes Chris Holmes, Haringey Socialist Party.

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16 February teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London

25 January 2012

Haringey parents say: No to academies!

Primary school parents in Haringey, north London, are in the front line of the battle against the Con-Dems' destruction of our education, writes Paul Gerrard, National Union of Teachers.

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18 January 2012

Save community schools - no to academies

Six hundred parents, teachers, governors and other local residents were at a meeting at Downhills primary school in Haringey, north London, to build the campaign to stop the school from becoming a 'forced academy', writes a Haringey Socialist Party member.

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11 January 2012

Haringey - Save community schools, No to academies

Six hundred parents, teachers, governors and other local residents were at a meeting at Downhills primary school in Haringey, London, to build the campaign to stop the school from becoming a 'forced academy'

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4 January 2012

Fight job-cutting academies

The only thing Santa brought the staff at the Oasis Academy, Salford, is P45s. Thirteen staff are to lose their jobs, nine teachers and four support staff, writes Paul Gerrard.

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15 December 2011

Anti-Academy strike action in Birmingham

NUT, NASUWT and GMB members at Montgomery primary school in Birmingham took strike action on 13th December to protest against plans to turn the school into an academy, writes Nick Hart.

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Picket outside Oasis Academy, Salford, Photo Paul Gerrard, photo Paul Gerrard

9 December 2011

Job cull at the Oasis Academy, Salford

The only thing that Santa is bringing the staff at the Oasis Academy in Salford, is P45s. Thirteen staff are to lose their jobs this Christmas

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26 October 2011

Free schools - Freedom to privatise education

In September, the first 24 of the Coalition's new 'free schools' opened. Tory schools minister Michael Gove claims that they will end a 'state monopoly' in education and give 'freedom' to parents...

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31 August 2011

A warning from the FE sector - hands off our education!

The academies project was started by Tony Blair's New Labour government, but now the Con-Dems are 'fast tracking' it...

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3 August 2011

The great PFI schools rip off - once again!

Before the 2010 general election Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was correct when he said Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes are "a bit of dodgy accounting - a way in which the government can pretend they're not borrowing when they are

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3 August 2011

News in brief

You scratch my back: The News International (NI) phone hacking scandal has exposed the symbiotic relationship between the Murdoch empire and the political establishment...

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School students and teachers protest against academies at Tile Hill Wood school in Coventry, photo Coventry Socialist Party

School students and teachers protest against academies at Tile Hill Wood school in Coventry, photo Coventry Socialist Party

20 July 2011

Defending state education - Brighton academy victory

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, writes Dave Richards, former Varndean governor

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