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Briefings, publications, campaign materials

Voluntary academies, forced academies and free schools…Keep fighting

As you will see, the alarming failure rate in academies has left the credibility of the programme in tatters, yet it goes on like a zombie risen from the dead.

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Education, Justice and Democracy – The Struggle over Ignorance and Opportunity

By Stephen J Ball FBA AcSS
Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education
The history of English education is very much a history of social class. The 1944 Education Act, the wartime government’s response to the great evil of ignorance, did little to interrupt that history. Rather it brought about a very modest loosening of the relationship between social class and educational opportunity. This was partly in relation to the raising of the school leaving age and partly by allowing some working class students access to grammar schooling via the 11+ examination system

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Documentary on academies wins award.

An Academic Debate? Long Form News/Factual Winner  An investigation into how the cost of the government’s academy schools programme went from nominal to astronomical and an assessment of the new education landscape created by the academies policy. Submitted by Paul … Continue reading

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Parents Forum

The NUT is helping organise a parents’ forum meeting in London on Sunday 30th June. The meeting will be attended and led by parents. It aims to build on the work and networks of parents who have organised to resist … Continue reading

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Results at Gladstone Park primary school exceed all expectations

Despite improving children’s performance by significantly more than the national average, Gladstone Park Primary School in Dollis Hill, North-West London was rated “inadequate” by an Ofsted inspection in November 2012. This was based on progress in Years 3 to 5 being classed as too slow. However, results for the Autumn and Spring 2012/13 Terms now show that progress across Key Stage 2 year groups (Years 3 to 6) is well above expectations.

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