Tuesday 10 January 2012

Speeches from the 600 strong Downhills school meeting

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600 parents, teachers and members of the local community gathered to say no to the privatisation of four of Haringey’s primary schools, Downhills, Noel Park, Nightingale and Coleraine Park. Click here for a full report

The speakers were David Lammy MP, Christine Blower from the NUT, Alasdair Smith from the Anti Academies Alliance and Fiona Millar from the Local Schools Network.

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6 comments

  1. Francois Joubert said:

    I couldn’t agree more with all the speakers.

    We need to make sure we don’t forget what the effect of this fight does and will have on our children: At the end of this week I will have to explain to my daughter why 2 of her closest friends will not be with her at school on Monday — because Michael Gove has succeeded in frightening off their parents.

    10 January 2012 at 12:27pm
  2. Jane said:

    Brilliant meeting which exposed Gove’s ideology, which is not about parental choice when the parents disagree with him! PS the number of people was at least 700, with over 200 standing.

    10 January 2012 at 12:45pm
  3. Martin Bove said:

    I agree with all the speakers, which exposes the lies of this Con-Dem Coalition. Education should not be taken out of the control of local education authorities, the schools that are struggling should have extra funding and support, as many are in socially deprived areas!
    School Academies are run for profit by private companies, and don’t have the interest of providing high quality education for pupils and good working conditions for staff!

    13 January 2012 at 5:40pm
  4. Terry McGrath said:

    The meeting included those who only oppose FORCED academies, and those, like me, who oppose academies full stop (listen to the audience debate video for excellent arguments against academies) … but we were all UNITED in opposing this forced academy. As one speaker said in the audience deabte, if we can win on this, we can win on SO MANY things!

    14 January 2012 at 6:20pm
  5. Jane said:

    I have just listened to the Woman’s Hour discussion. Well done Downhills for your contribution. However, the pro academy speaker was allowed to make claims without challenge. He came from Omiston Victory Academy, which replaced Costessy, and has, so far, only reported one set of exam results (which were, of course, the result of 4 years of Costessy and only 1 year of Ormiston). He did not mention that year on year the exam results at Costessy had been improving (although with a dip in its final year, possibly as a result of the changeover). He did not mention that Costessy’s CVA was average and that other Ormiston academies had much lower Ebacc results, indicating possibly use of vocational courses to boost results. It will be interesting to compare their results fully when they come out at the end of the month.

    16 January 2012 at 12:25pm
  6. Janet said:

    The contribution was from Susan Gerrad, a parent at Noel Park primary, another Haringey school under threat. I agree that she was great.

    16 January 2012 at 2:54pm