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'No forced academies' demonstrations
On Wednesday 23rd March, Socialist Students and Socialist Party members joined thousands of others who assembled at 5pm outside Westminster Cathedral in London and then marched to the Department for Education.
A large and lively crowd gathered in Nottingham to protest against the forced academisation plans. Parents, students, staff and teachers came to the NUT and ATL organised rally.
Many of the speakers at the rally drew the connection between this imposition and privatising the education service, and calls for concrete action against it were met with applause.
As one NUT branch secretary put it: "It's not just schools ... it's the junior doctors and the whole welfare state ... we need to take action, including strike action, to stop this."
See also the following articles and reports:
- Stop academies onslaught
- Teachers, students and parents unite to defeat John Roan academy plans
- Academy failed me and other children with disabilities
This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 24 March 2016 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.