Plan the fight back! Sign the Petition! March on the DfE!

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‘Something must be done!’ cry the Tories saying our children are languishing in ‘failing council-run’ schools  . And their ‘something’ is privatisation – the academisation of every single school in England.

We say ‘something must be done’ about this attack on our democracy – now is the perfect time to fight back. The government is in disarray over Europe and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the architect of their welfare cuts. Now is the time to strike back against the ideological privatisation of our schools – this is the same government that is decimating our public services and hammering the NHS and its junior doctors.

Parents, teachers, support staff, governors and pupils understand the significance of the government’s proposal and tens of thousands have signed petitions calling for a public inquiry into academies and for the forced academy programme to be scrapped. Because they have over 100,000 signatures, Parliament must now consider whether to hold a debate.

In a less than polished performance on BBC TV’s Question Time, Nicky Morgan claimed that, thanks to the academies programme, 1.4 million more pupils were in good or better schools. But the vast majority of those children are in primary schools. Primary school governors have by and large rejected academy status – so the government’s response is to freeze out elected parent governors.

Even heads of academies doubt the wisdom of forcing all schools out of local control. Even they see the need for the independent local authority to ensure fair admissions especially for the most vulnerable children.

The government tells us in these days of austerity that it can’t afford to support two systems of schooling – but it can find millions to finance the conversion costs. That’s £50,000 per school that has to be spent on lawyers and accountants and not a penny on education. And nothing this government proposes will allay parents’ concerns about the weaknesses of the academy system: selective admissions; provision for children with special needs and disabilities; off-rolling to preserve league table positions; huge executive pay packets; disappearing headteachers, attacks on the professionalism of teachers, mergers and acquisitions.

Now is the time to fight back:

Sign the petitions https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124747 into! Share the petitions https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124702!

Rally against forced academies this Wednesday!

Birmingham, Waterstones Bullring: 5.00pm

Bournemouth, BIC: 5.30pm

Coventry, DfE Offices, The Butts: 4.30pm

Derby, City Council House: 5.00pm

Lancaster, Museum Steps: 5.00pm

London, Westminster Cathedral: 5.30pm

Luton, Town Hall: 5.30pm

Newcastle, Grey’s Monument: 5.00pm

Nottingham, Brian Clough Statue: 5.30pm

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Hands off our Schools

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Petition reaches 100,000

Anti-Academies Alliance Press Release
20 March 2016 2pm


The public have spoken – they want an inquiry into academies!
The Anti-Academies Alliance is delighted that our petition for a public inquiry and referendum into academies has raced to hit 100,000 signatures in under four days.

petition The speed with which the public have reacted shows that they understand just how damaging and dangerous the government’s latest education white paper is.
The ironically titled ‘Education Excellence Everywhere’ will force all schools to become academies, cut the need for consultation, get rid of parent governors on school governing bodies, and remove the need for qualified teachers in school. This is the complete dismantling of state education. It is a scorched earth proposal.
We fully expect the government to hold the inquiry that the public have demanded. If they do not we will work with parents, students, unions and academics to build our own. If academies are the educational panacea that the government claim they can have nothing to fear from a full and forensic examination of the evidence.


For further information please contact Alasdair Smith, National Secretary Anti-Academies Alliance on 07904 296 701
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Sign our Petition

Tpetitionhe petition to oppose all schools being turned into academies has gathered 55,ooo signatures in just over a day! Get everyone you know to sign.

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HANDS OFF OUR SCHOOLS – Back this rally

HANDS OFF OUR SCHOOLS

NO FORCED ACADEMIES

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Schools need more:
* teachers
* money
* places
* NOT ideology

Assemble: March 23rd, 5pm

Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street SW1P 1QW
March to Department for Education
Map: http://bit.ly/academiesmarch

Called by: Camden NUT, East London NUT, Hackney NUT, Lambeth NUT & Waltham Forest NUT

Publicity to follow

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