Confidential documents leaked to the Islington Tribune newspaper last week reveal a catalogue of problems with the plan to turn Islington Green school in north London into an academy. These include a deficit of £220,000.
Possible solutions apparently include sweeping redundancies and new teachers being offered lower pay.
A teacher at the school told Socialist Worker, “The contents of these minutes are shocking – but they only confirm what we have been saying about the plans to turn Islington Green school into an academy from the start.”
The cabinet of Milton Keynes council meets on Tuesday next week to decide the fate of Sir Frank Markham school.
Milton Keynes Campaign for State Education (Case) will present a petition signed by over 100 parents from all Markham’s feeder junior schools.
The petition reads, “We the undersigned want a new school building for Sir Frank Markham under public control and ownership. We therefore demand that the government and elected councillors provide the public funding that Sir Frank Markham school needs without forcing it to become an academy.”
Up to 30 campaigners – parents, teachers and local residents – have been occupying the ground of the proposed Wembley academy in West London since Friday 23 March.
They say that they intend to stay there until Brent’s Lib Dem council abandons plans to set up an academy sponsored by tax exile Andrew Rosenfeld.
Hank Roberts, NUT union secretary for Brent and a key organiser of the occupation, said, “Andrew Rosenfeld claims he wants to give something back to education, but how does being a tax exile in Switzerland put anything back into the country?”
The occupiers welcome visitors to the site on the Wembley Park sports ground in Forty Avenue.
A social event with speakers and entertainment is planned for Saturday 21 April.
For more information on these and other campaigns go to www.antiacademies.org.uk