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Stopping the forced conversion of schools to privately sponsored academies.

Much like the NHS, many of those working in theeducation system, parents and experts are against the enforced conversion of state schools to Academies. Yet again this is an exampl eof the government cutting an areas budget and then privatising when standards drop because of the lack of funding. This is undemocratic, with little evidence and as with the NHS removes the reponsibility of education towards private companies and with the right campaign we could stop it.

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      • Denise PriceDenise Price commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this is just another way of this government trying to put the school system into private hands and its not going to work because profit will come first

      • marion bartermarion barter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am shocked at the rapid erosion of local governance of primary schools, where academy primaries are no longer run by governors, but by unaccountable outfits promoted by Michael Gove. The case of a school in Croydon forced to be an academy sponsored by the private Harris organisation rather than by the school's preferred local secondary is a shocking example of the government intervening. Looks like the so-called Localism agenda has been thrown out in favour of top-down rulings ie. Gove gets his own way for his favoured sponsored.

      • WendyWendy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is so important - our school has been bullied around becoming an academy from October with no evidence about why this is the only option around school improvement. He has even sent in Ofsted & sacked the Governors. Staff, parents & ex-governors feel Downhills should stay a community school & not be privatised!

      • janeejanee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Gove is behaving like a playground bully. He is determined to privatise education, presumably to make more profits for his friends. If schools won't convert, he will force them to be given to the likes of Steve Chalke, Lord Harris, ULT, etc. The academy programme has been an expensive project without a positive outcome.

      • trevor fishertrevor fisher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        yes totally agree. What people need to grasp is that the Coalition has decided to turn all schools into academies using salami tactics (step by step) despite the fact there is NO evidence for Primary Academies - Labour never created any - and the secondary academies are losing ground. THe EBac does many things, but Gove may not have expected that it would show Academies to be the worst performers. 7% of academies get EBac passes, 13% of comprehensives. The stats are admittedly hard to interpret, but the day has long gone when academies were seen as a magic bullet. And there is growing concern about admissions policies at school level, evidence is mounting they push poor kids out. The community loses control over the school, and as the academy does not have to follow the national curriculum parents and local people have no idea what is being taught.

        Even the Labour minister is talking about a democratic deficit, so from all points of view this is a campaign 38 degrees should support. I have yet to see an epetition, but it should be drawn up as soon as possible. Trevor Fisher

      • JimmyJimmy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's time the country is told what is actually happening because from talking to people, no-one is aware of the speed that this is happening and the finality of what the government are doing. Mostly they aren't even aware that this is happening.

        Private companies (ie Academies) are being given school buildings and sites absolutely free of charge and are getting the funding to run the schools directly from the Government rather than the local authority. In every instant that I am aware of the school are getting an additional sum to convert so that they can offer parents "sweetners" such as free school uniforms. Therefore public taxpayers money is being given free of charge to private companies.

        The finality of this situation is that it would be restrictively expensive to convert schools back to public ownership so what the government is doing is virtually irreversible.

        What will happen, as is already the case with universities, is that good education will be the privilege of the rich with the best performing schools being exclusively for the upper classes.

        Still we could build work houses for the poor children!

      • Jayne GreenJayne Green commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I suggested this a while ago to 38 degrees when they were asking for campaign ideas. The whole Academy/Free School issue needs to be discussed at all levels and needs to be in the public domain now. This is the biggest shake up in state education since the early 1900s. It's unfair, it's ill thought out, it's ideolotgical in nature (if something is effectively privatised it will improve things - what a bizarre notion!). What we need is good teachers, with good leadership and a comprehensive group of students to teach (from those who find learning difficult for a wide variety of reasons to those who are already engaged and are 'high flyers'). This is what will enhance our society for future generations, not the current divide and rule tactics of our current government.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yet another proposed campaign to inhibit the growth of private enterprise. Trying to raise Education standards pales into insignificance when compared to the need for our future adults to be able to spend in an uninformed manner. Which in turn will further help the growth of private corporations as they take more from the tax payer to supply less.

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