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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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David Cameron’s announcement that the Tories will expand their free schools programme is an illustration of the bankruptcy of neo-liberal politics – or what, in education, we call the ‘GERM’ – the Global Education Reform Movement.

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GERM is the name given to the global attack on our education systems. This attack is highly contagious and is spreading rapidly. It is an acronym created by the renowned Finnish Professor of Education, Dr Pasi Sahlberg and it stands for Global Education reform Movement. We are fighting GERM warfare.

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Round up of the latest news on academies and free schools. Strikes, protests, Hewett academy order and a free school in special measures plus more

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The controversial decision by education secretary Nicky Morgan will spark fury in Lakenham and beyond, where a We’re Backing Hewett campaign has pushed for a local solution to the school’s problem.

But this is unlikely to be the end of the battle, for Norfolk County Council could now launch a judicial review against the order.

The academy order is the beginning of a process, and triggers local consultation. The move to academisation only becomes final when a funding agreement is signed, but opponents of the move will believe that to be a fait accompli.

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Three unions in four Lewisham schools took another day of strike action today, stepping up their action in protest at the academisation of their schools. The picket lines were lively and strong and strikers went and delivered leaflets to local primary school parents.

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Hank Roberts, Union representative on on Brent Schools Health and Safety Committee has riased serious questions about safety at the Michaela Academy Free School in Wembley Park which opened in September 2014 but is still undertaking building works on the building while it is occupied by the Year 7 children.

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  • Andy Mousse says: Quote was from January 2013
  • Andy Mousse says: Here’s an example of the blatant lies, she knew the current state of the results and yet this...
  • Andy Mousse says: Pat Dubas, lied and cheated her way through her tenure at the school, she employed a no discipline...
  • Camielle says: Working for Harris is awfull. Students know they are just a candidate number and frequently tell you...
  • Janet Downs says: The comment above belongs on another thread which featured the Aspirations Academies Trust. Sorry.

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