Over 200 people attended a conference against academies organised by South Eastern Region of the TUC and the Anti Academies Alliance, on Saturday of last week.
It was addressed by speakers from the NUT, ATL and NASUWT teaching unions as well as MPs and Tony Benn. The conference gave activists an opportunity to share their experiences of fighting to defend comprehensive education.
The conference demolished the myths surrounding academies.
The idea that they are set up to help deprived communities was smashed as speakers pointed out that they tend to take less children on free school meals and exclude up to three times as many children as other schools.
Activists from Bradford and the Isle of Sheppey in Kent spoke about their successful anti-academy campaigns.
Others highlighted problems they had encountered when trying to combat government propaganda over academies.
But speakers pointed out that it is campaigning against academies that has pushed the government to approach more “fluffy” sponsors such as universities.
This means that activists within further and higher education also have a role to play in opposing academies.
Save Pimlico School from being turned into an academy
Protest 12 and 17 March, from 4.30pm, Sovereign Capital, 25 Buckingham Gate, London SW1.