Protestors from the Anti Academies Alliance had gathered to highlight the real reason for the Academies Show – so that over 100 companies could promote their businesses. Such regulars on the educational landscape as Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd were vying for business with Virgin, fresh from privatising parts of the NHS. Private School company Lilac Sky Schools were offering ‘outstanding education solutions’ while DVS Property Specialists were offering to help you ‘achieving best value’ in disposing of public sector properties. Hillierhopkins LLP, chartered accountants and tax advisers announced “our passion is your prosperity”.
The main sponsor of the Academies Show were insurance company Zurich Municipal. The slogan on their bags is ‘Academy Insurance, make the most of your new found freedom’. Since Insurance charges to schools that have become academies have doubled and trebled, it is clear that the insurance companies are making the most of the freedoms academies bring.
For those of us who think schools should be run for the pupils not the profits the academies show was a depressing experience. We came away more determined to resist Gove’s project of academies, forced academies and ‘free’ schools. Let’s make sure we stand up for the education system our children deserve.
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