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Action to block Brent academies

by Ken Muller
Issue No. 2138

More than 40 teachers in Brent, north west London, met on Friday of last week to discuss how to resist plans to turn two of the borough’s schools into academies sponsored by Edutrust.

Over half the teachers at the meeting came from the schools under threat, John Kelly Boys and John Kelly Girls.

Speakers from the Anti Academies Alliance and the ATL and NUT teaching unions urged people to fight to defend their schools from the privatisers – with strike action if necessary, as teachers at Sinfin school in Derby have successfully done.

At the very least, Brent councillors should be forced to delay the plan until the government investigation into Edutrust for financial mismanagement is completed.

Several teachers from the two schools backed the idea of taking action to stop the academies. They reported on the unconvincing reassurances they had received during “consultations” about their future pay and conditions.

Hank Roberts, Brent ATL and NUT secretary, told Socialist Worker, “Academies are outrageous attempts to privatise the management of state education with the long-term aim of opening it up to private profit. Teachers and parents will fight these plans – and they will win.”

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Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2138
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