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Preston anti-academies campaign

Issue No. 2124

It’s been a busy week for anti-academy campaigners in Preston. On Wednesday local councillor Michael Lavalette was elected as a parent governor at Fulwood high school.

Fulwood is threatened with being turned into an academy run by Carphone Warehouse. Michael stood as an anti-academy candidate. His victory shows the potential for a fight against the academy plans.

On Thursday, Preston city council passed its second anti-academies motion this year. This demanded a full ballot of parents at Fulwood as part of Lancashire county council’s consultation over academy status.

The meeting also proposed to convene a scrutiny committee which will ask the country council and the sponsor to justify their academy plans. Trade unions will also be invited to make their case against academies.

Finally on Saturday, a very successful anti-academies day school was held in Lancashire County Halls.

The event brought together local campaigners, councillors and representatives from the Unison, NUT, NASUWT and ATL unions.

Anti-academy activists in Sheffield have been campaigning to win a no vote in a council ballot over plans to turn Parkwood school into an academy. The ballot ends on Wednesday of this week.

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