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On Thursday 4th March, members of three unions went on strike at four schools agains the prospect of them becoming academies.

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FE college sponsored academies do little for standards, they undermine local democracy and school-college partnerships and do little to address real barriers to participation that include student fees, child poverty and income inequality

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THERE has been “huge” feedback to the public consultation on Oxted School’s plans to seek foundation status before becoming an academy. About 400 e-mails had been sent in by current or prospective parents by last Wednesday’s consultation deadline, and the school has held a series of face-to-face meetings with parents. Petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/we-demand-a-ballot?source=facebook-share-button&time=1421574285

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Teachers and leaders joined union representatives at a day-long event in London to discuss the future of education as the campaigns for the general election begin to heat up

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Parents are preparing to hold a protest in a bid to disband the governing body at a school as it bids to become an academy. Many parents are angry at the lack of consultation and feel they are left with many unanswered questions. They want the process to be started again from scratch.

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A controversial trust set up by a south London academy school is facing an official investigation into whether there has been “misconduct or mismanagement” of its affairs. The Durand Education Trust (DET), which owns land including a swimming pool and gym where proceeds are used to boost the executive headteacher’s pay to almost £400,000 a year, will be the subject of an inquiry by the Charity Commission.

Parents at a ‘failing’ primary school say they are “ecstatic” after its governors rejected a sponsor chosen by the government to turn it into an academy.

Twydall Primary in Gillingham, Kent was put into special measures last year after an Ofsted inspection.

The government wanted it to become an academy under the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) but 89% of parents voted against the plan.

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AAA and SERTUC conference 7th Feb

The conference on Saturday was well attended and provided a much needed opportunity to talk through the issues and increase our ability to campaign effectively to overturn this derided government policy.

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Conference on Saturday 7th Feb – A response to Cameron’s latest all-out war on state education

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On Monday, David Cameron announced that he is “going to war on mediocre schools”, at the weekend Nicky Morgan announced a ‘war on illiteracy and …

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  • Pat O'Hara says: What a tale, sadly it is not a one off story is it? I think this monster called Academies has gotten...
  • steve richards says: Education is not the business of business; this is political. Company owners & shareholders...
  • Janet Downs says: Ofsted said Lilac Sky Multi Academies Trust, along with governors and school leaders had not...
  • Janet Downs says: There’s also the question of conflict of interest. ATT awarded an ICT contract to Gaia...
  • Janet Downs says: Council appears to be acting arbitrarily. Sedgehill’s last Ofsted (Oct 2013) was RI but...

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