Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1158/33423

From The Socialist newspaper, 1 December 2021

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

Protesters lobby Leicester council. Photo: Steve Score

Protesters lobby Leicester council. Photo: Steve Score   (Click to enlarge)

Steve Score, Parent and Leicester Socialist Party

Staff at West Gate special school in Leicester, along with their supporters, turned out for a lobby of Leicester City Council on 25 November in protest at planned academisation. The lobby, organised by the National Education Union, Unison and GMB unions, attempted to get clear support from the almost 100% Labour council for their campaign. While we got support from many councillors, some were incredibly reluctant to give their backing.

After an Ofsted inspection in 2018, the school was given an Academy Order, meaning that it would leave local authority control and be run by a less-accountable academy trust. In the meantime, the proposed sponsor withdrew and the school has since been given a 'good' Ofsted grade. Even in the eyes of the inspectors the staff had turned the school around. However, at the time of writing, the Department for Education is still insisting on forcing academisation on the school.

My son Ben attends this school and has made tremendous progress since he got there. But all the hard work of staff is threatened by this attack.

I have proposed that as part of the campaign the unions should involve the families. A start would be to call a meeting to explain what academisation would mean and build a broader campaign.

The experience of the Socialist Party in previous campaigns, both in schools and in saving the Glenfield Children's Heart Centre, for example, proves that, while legal action such as a Judicial Review can be important, a mass campaign is key.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 1 December 2021:


News

NHS Critical

Covid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease

27 dead in channel migrant tragedy

Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

Khan threatens further London transport cuts

Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

Tories strengthen repressive laws


COP26

After COP26: where next for the climate movement?


International

Argentine elections see deepening polarisation


Wales

Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe


Rural life

Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life


Workplace news

NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise

Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

UCU higher education disputes

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer

Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions


Campaigns

East London mass non-payment wins housing victory

Marching to stop violence against women

Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target

End fuel poverty


Readers' opinion

TV review: Valley of the Tears


 

Home   |   The Socialist 1 December 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Education:

triangleCovid, stress and cutbacks fuel school staff shortages

triangleUni staff and students must unite to end marketisation and for free education

triangleHigher education disputes

triangleStaff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

triangleSchool staff need a pay rise

Unions:

triangleCarmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

triangleNew unionism - when mass workers' action changed Britain

triangleUnions must fight for Covid workplace safety

triangleWider working-class and union struggle needed to win St Vincent nurses' strike

Leicester:

triangleUnions protest at exploitative Leicester company Food Attraction

triangleThe story of Joe Clough - Britain's first black bus driver

triangleStriking Brush workers continue to protest 'fire and rehire'

School:

triangleOaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions

triangleWales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe

National Education Union:

triangleNewham Sixth Form College begins strike against academisation

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/1/22

Obituary

Obituary - Pauline Wall

12/1/22

London

10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

12/1/22

Leeds

People's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

12/1/22

Obituary

Obituary - Pauline Wall

12/1/22

Obituary

Obituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021

12/1/22

BBC

Protests against BBC transphobia

12/1/22

Land

Communities fight back against Rio Tinto mine

12/1/22

Kazakhstan

Solidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan

12/1/22

North London

North London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"

12/1/22

Southampton

Southampton student vote for online exams must be accepted

12/1/22

Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

12/1/22

Jobcentre

Jobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call

12/1/22

South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger

12/1/22

Conductors

East Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues

12/1/22

Fire

Weetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999