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Open academies and academy projects in development

Open academies and academy projects in development. Feb 2016

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New pressure on schools to become Academies

Jess Edwards, Joint Secretary Lambeth NUT
Last month saw the passing of the Education and Adoption Bill and as some commentators have said this is a dark day for education.
The Bill will force more schools to become academies but is based on scant evidence. In fact even the Education Committee of parliament finds little to recommend about academies saying that
There is at present no convincing evidence of the impact of academy status on attainment in primary schools.

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Small Heath teachers fight on for sacked union Rep

Small Heath School in Birmingham will take further strike action in defence of victimised NUT rep Simon O’Hara.

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Small Heath returns to the fight

Teachers at Small Heath school in Birmingham who recently won the battle to prevent their school becoming an academy have returned to the picket line. They have begun the first of nine planned days of strike action. The NUT claims that school union rep Simon O’Hara was victimised by management during the dispute and are campaigning for his return to work.

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Local authorities in new academy thrust?

By Jess Edwards, Lambeth NUT Joint Branch Secretary
It is widely believed that the government plan to bring forward a white paper that will force all schools to become academies.

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