Support for Wembley Park occupation
Trade unionists from across London came last Saturday with their families and friends to show support for the Brent occupation on the Wembley Park Sports Ground. It has been organised to prevent an academy being built there.
Earlier in the week the national president of the NUT teachers’ union Baljeet Ghale visited the occupation. She said, “The determination to fight is great. I have been speaking at other meetings around the country and this has been a great encouragement. You can fight back, and it’s possible to win.”
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Heartsease public meeting in Norwich
Over 100 people attended a public meeting at Heartsease high school in Norwich about the plan to turn the school into a city academy.
The meeting, organised by local Labour MP Ian Gibson, heard about the chaos caused – and the millions thrown away to big business sponsors – in other academies.
Teachers, parents and school governors spoke against the academy plan.
One parent asked a key question – “If the government has £35 million pounds for a new academy, why don’t they just give it to the school as it is?”
Thomas Deacon academy in Peterborough
Britain’s most expensive academy, costing over £46 million, will not have a playground.
The Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough is to replace three local schools, and will have 2,200 pupils.
The head of the school, Alan McMurdo, has said that the aim of not having a playground was to help children learn.
He said, “What the public want is maximum learning.”