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Clive Lewis AAA meeting

The Anti-Academies Alliance (AAA) are delighted to announce that their new patron is the MP for Norwich South, Clive Lewis.
Clive is a well established broadcast journalist and was previously BBC eastern region’s chief political reporter. He is a seasoned campaigner who used his maiden speech in the House of Commons to speak out passionately against the forced academisation of Hewett School…

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Join us at the Houses of Parliament to oppose the new Education Bill, Monday 22nd June 6pm

Ahead of the release of the government’s new Education Bill, education secretary Nicky Morgan has defended plans to turn more schools into academies, at a faster rate. Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, argues that the move will not benefit pupils.

The education secretary Nicky Morgan has launched a bill designed to sweep away any obstacles when as many as 1,000 “struggling” schools convert to academies. It is designed to prevent appeals and reviews, and will impose a new duty on councils and governing bodies, whatever they believe is best for their children, to actively support the change to academy status.

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The Tories believe they have the wind in the sails. Morgan’s announcement of a new Education Bill is pure Gove: More “failure”, more blame, more academies, and more privatisation.

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When Nicky Morgan took over from Michael Gove there was a sigh of relief from schools across England when she said she was not a forcing type of person. But her first education bill could force hundreds of headteachers on to the scrap heap and their schools into multi academy chains.

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The announcement over the weekend that Nicky Morgan will speed up the process to make schools that are ‘coasting’ into academies, is an about face for the Education secretary. She has previously said that the academy model is not the only model that succeeds. Yet now the message is: “Academies are a ‘better kind’ of school than local authority ones”.

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As well as legal action, there has been a huge movement in the US against Pearson and their involvement in high stakes testing. In some schools over 50% of parents have refused to allow their children to be tested. One leading financial magazine recently asserted “Standardized testing seems to many to have become the goal of education, rather than a means of implementing it”.

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In March this year, Brighton & Hove City Council, without any consultation with the local community or teachers, announced that they had asked the University of Brighton Academies Trust to open a free school.

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Campaigners for a Willesden primary school were back on the picket line this week fighting plans to turn it into an academy and will do it again next week if pleas are not heard.

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  • Concerned says: I note from the school website that it is to become an Academy, despite the opposition from parents....
  • Roy Fox says: Ref: CSS/1 Cantley Sycamore School Doncaster closed in 2011 and reopened Sep 2014 as the St...
  • darren levy says: I had my disabilities ridiculed by staff and students and placement at Anglia Ruskin university the...
  • Peter Gedling says: As usual the Tory party ‘know the price of everything and the value of nothing’
  • D J Steward says: Information Commissioner’s Office, has just informed me that Academies if they receive as much as...

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