Tuesday 24 March 2015

Second strike against academy plans for school in Willesden taking place today

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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.

The second walkout in a week at St Andrews and St Francis School C of E Primary in Belton Road, has been organised following claims it is being forced to change its status after it was placed under special measures after one visit by education watchdogs Ofsted last year.

Under government rules, special measure schools are forced by the Department for Education to convert to an academy.

This means the school is no longer under local authority control and instead it is funded by central government and given its own sponsors.

Union members and parents have organised a petition calling for Brent Council to halt the process however the town hall claims a consultation showed that a majority of people back the conversion.

See Brent and Kilburn Times article: http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/education/second_strike_against_academy_plans_for_school_in_willesden_taking_place_today_1_4006598

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