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Friday 13 January 2012

Do we have a say in whether our school becomes an academy?

From Lara:

I have become aware that the governors at my school are trying to push through the paper work and make our school an academy. The staff have not been asked or told about this apart from a brief mention that it was being thought about. Do we not have any say in whether our school becomes an academy? Especially when it is the best school in our borough and not struggling at all. I am support staff but am so strongly against the privatisation of our schools that I wouldn’t feel comfortable working in one. Once the governors have voted ‘yes’ can we still fight it? Do we have a chance to save it?

4 answers – add yours below

  1. keith bradley said:

    it is worthwhile looking at all UNISON’s materials on academies, as well as working with Teacher Colleagues. If your a UNISON member your local branch can offer help and support. My view is open the debate get the school to be transparent and organise meetings, its hard but with support you may be successful.
    Keith Bradley UNISON Lead Officer for Schools in the North West.

    16 January 2012 at 11:48am
  2. James Ellis said:

    Dear Lara,

    I am a campaign organiser working for UNISON in the South East. Whilst echoing Keith’s advice, if you let me know where you are I could put you in touch with my equivalent in your area.

    Please email me at j.ellis@unison.co.uk


    James Ellis, UNISON.

    30 January 2012 at 10:36am
  3. sybil ashton said:

    I am a resident of Haringey not connected with education. It seems as though you have a flourishing school and if parents and teachers are happy with it, what is Mr Gove’s problem? It is his horrible etonian ideology that wishes to privatise education so that his mates can get a cut: same with the NHS really.

    6 February 2012 at 12:42pm
  4. Huw Jones said:


    All the decision making powers sit with the governors. They are obliged to consult with stakeholders but there’s nothing in the law that forces the governors to consult effectively and deeply. Many governing bodies have gone for ‘consultation lite’ with barely any communication with parents or staff.
    The decision isn’t final until the legal ‘funding agreement’ has been signed. It is possible that, if you made some noise in the local press you may be able to persuade parents and community groups to campaign against the move. The governors may not take any notice but atleast you will have made them pause for thought.
    If the governors are determined to go ahead you may want to think about campaigning on the issue of the academy’s articles of association to maximise community involvement and make it hard for private EdCo’s to step in and take over.

    Good luck

    5 March 2012 at 10:27pm

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