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Fighting the Trust at Goldsmiths

by Ian Crosson
Issue No. 2173

More than 50 people attended a meeting hosted by Goldsmiths students’ union on Tuesday of last week to oppose the plan for Goldsmiths university to be part of a proposal to form a Trust with two local secondary schools and a sixth form college.

Trust schools are like city academies but without the money that sponsors are supposed to donate. They remove schools from local authority control.

Author Michael Rosen gave an inspiring speech about why we must fight “empiricism” – the idea that everything in education can be measured in numbers.

Campaigning journalist Francis Beckett and representatives from the NUT and UCU education unions also spoke.

The meeting has given a boost to the campaign. We can win if we can convince the governors at Goldsmiths and the three local schools that a Trust school will only harm local kids and trade union rights.

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Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
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