The new year will see a series of protests by teachers and parents against the implementation of the government plans to ram through privatisation in schools.
On Wednesday of this week campaigners are set to march on Sheffield town hall. They will hand in a petition, which has more than 4,000 signatures, against the closure of Myers Grove and Wisewood secondary schools.
Sheffield council plans to merge the two schools. Campaigners are demanding that the council keeps both schools open, and that neither become trust schools.
Juanita Shepherd, mother of a child at a feeder school to Myers Grove, said, “The council’s consultation document says that the new school could be built by the organisation with the best bid. I believe my child’s future education shouldn’t be put up for sale.”
In Islington, north London, students, teachers and their supporters are set to lobby Islington council on Thursday 18 January to oppose plans to shut Islington Green school at the end of this school year. The council want to re-open the school as an academy.
Staff at the school are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. Last month the school’s governors unanimously called on the council to suspend issuing a closure notice, pending further discussion. Both staff and governors were ignored.
In Oldham, the council plans to close or merge five secondary schools and open two privatised academies. A protest is being organised for Saturday 27 January, assembling at 11.30am behind Oldham Civic Centre on West Street.