Following the brilliant meeting of 200 parents at the Parents Defending Education event a number of other rallies have been organised.
There will be PaDE meeting in Liverpool on Monday 9th May. This is followed by a meeting in Manchester on 14 May. There are also a number of local meetings being called.
No to Forced Academies in Stoke Newington:
You will probably be aware that the Government is planning to force all schools (including primaries) to become academies. This proposal seriously threatens to undermine the essential character of our children’s local schools by compelling them to become part of privately run academy chains. The proposals also remove the rights of parents to be represented on school governing bodies, and would reduce the training given to teachers.
Understandably, the Government White Paper has been met with widespread opposition. A national campaign is being launched, sponsored, amongst others, by Michael Rosen, the NUT and some parent groups.
We are a small group of parents in the Stoke Newington area who want to organise in support of this campaign and in support of keeping all our children’s schools, primary and secondary, locally run. We want to work with Hackney NUT, and other local bodies who support these aims.
As a first step we are inviting you to a meeting to explore the potential for mounting a campaign and thinking about ways we can raise awareness amongst other parents:
Wednesday 27 April at the 125 Bar (downstairs room) on Church Street (opposite The Red Lion Pub) at 7pm
Please let me know if you:
· would like to be added to an email list of interested parents
· can come along on Wednesday evening
Please forward this email to any other parents you know who might be interested in getting involved.
Jane Coles (I have a daughter at Stoke Newington School)
Dr Jane Coles