Wakefield public meeting
Nearly 50 people attended the first public meeting against a number of schools in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, leaving local authority control and becoming trusts.
Speakers – including Terry Wrigley and John Dixon from the NUT teachers’ union – explained to parents, councillors and trade union members that trusts would control the schools building and land. Trusts could change admission policies as well as change conditions of services for existing staff.
This would involve the transfer of £80 million worth of assets and affect the education of 8,000 children.
Committee of inquiry
The Anti Academies Alliance, alongside MPs, is holding a committee of inquiry into the impact of academy and trust schools on 12 June.
People involved in campaigns across the country should organise to send delegations. Contact local parents, governors, head teachers, officials from local authorities and local councillors in order to send joint delegations.
Lobby your MP to sign Early Day Motion 605 (Schools Academy Programme). The inquiry session will be 12.30pm to 4.30pm in Committee Room 20, House of Commons.
If you would like to give verbal evidence on 12 June, please send details of your delegation to the office of Ken Purchase MP, Parliament, London SW1 1AA by 4 June.