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Campaigns to save our schools in Devon and Lewisham

Issue No. 2034

Teachers in Devon have launched a campaign against the setting up of six trust schools in the county.

The six have become pathfinder trusts, with the intention to become fully fledged trusts later in the year.

They would cease to be Local Education Authority schools and would effectively be privatised, run by an unaccountable trust with the involvement of big businesses. Trusts are a huge potential threat to comprehensive education.

Devon NUT teachers’ union is campaigning against the move towards trust status. We have leafleted and petitioned in several of the towns where the schools are and received an excellent response. Parents are outraged that they will be denied a democratic vote on whether schools become trusts.

Our campaign has received a lot of press coverage in local papers, on the radio and even regional television.

Campaign materials, adaptable to suit other local campaigns against trusts, are available from Devon NUT.  

Mike Gurney, Devon NUT vice president (personal capacity)

Around 80 parents, teachers and local residents attended a Lewisham council consultation meeting on a proposed new 3-16 school on the site of Lewisham Bridge primary school.

We were shocked to find that the Labour council had failed to mention in any of its literature that the new school will be built with PFI money.

The audience was also very concerned about reducing the current two form entry primary school to one form entry while 4,000 new homes are to be built in the vicinity – hardly joined up thinking!

The meeting ended with a unanimous vote to oppose the proposal. There was also a very strong vote against the school being built and owned by private companies.

Ian Crosson

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Sat 20 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2034
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