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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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Teachers and parents from a primary school in Willesden chained themselves to railings during a second strike today over plans to convert to an academy.

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A feature of academy schools and academy trusts has been the involvement of universities as sponsors. The prospect of a university sponsor may seem more palatable than a private multiple academy trust (MAT) but do universities necessarily make good sponsors?

Department for Education study will fuel election debate over impact of academies and free schools. Only eight out of the 20 academy chains responsible for more than 240 individual schools examined by the Department for Education are producing above average results at GCSE or equivalent, according to the first systematic government attempt to grade their performance.

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  • Janet Downs says: The comment above belongs on another thread which featured the Aspirations Academies Trust. Sorry.
  • Janet Downs says: There’s also a link between Aspirations Academies Trust featured above and publishing company...
  • John says: Are you suggesting that ANY school failure is an indicator of programme failure? if So, arguing for LA...
  • John Thirkill says: I would be interested to know what our two Norwich MPs, Simon Wright and Chloe Smith think of...
  • jane says: These are just a few more. The last entry for each school is a reference to the news source. Khalsa...

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