Hank Roberts, who has been part of a group occupying the site of a proposed academy on the Wembley Park sports ground in north London for the past two weeks, introduced a motion on Building Schools for the Future (BSF) at the NUT conference.
He called the government’s policy on refurbishment a “Trojan horse for two key elements of Labour’s education agenda – privatisation and vocationalism”.
The union gave full support to the anti-academy occupiers.
Following a unanimous expression of support at a meeting of the national executive immediately before conference, union president Baljeet Ghale read out a statement. It wished “the protesters on the Wembley site success in their campaign to defeat this further attempt at privatisation of a school”.
The motion put before conference noted the “government’s preferred delivery vehicle for BSF is a Local Education Partnership.
“This is a long term partnership between the local authority and the private contractor, 80 percent controlled by the private company with the local authority having 10 percent representation”.
Speaking in favour of the motion, Sally Kincaid from Leeds said, “The companies that want to get involved in our schools are multinational companies. You can’t trust them. The schools are not the councils’ chief executives to give away. We have to fight them.”