The Anti Academies Alliance (AAA) launched a national education “road show” at its annual general meeting in London on Saturday of last week.
The “road show” was launched alongside other campaigning groups and plans to hold events around the country.
It aims to consolidate opposition to school privatisation.
The meeting was shaped by the prospect of an incoming Tory government.
Alasdair Smith, national secretary of the AAA, opened the meeting. “The right are pushing new variants of academy,” he said. “The Tories use words like ‘independent’ or ‘free’ to describe these new schools. It is a radical extension of privatisation.”
Delegates discussed their experience of fighting academies. Many stressed the need to campaign against trust schools too, which also remove schools from local authority control.
Jerry Bartlett, assistant general secretary for the NASUWT union, highlighted the way that academies divide communities. “Academies exclude kids who most need a caring education and manipulate their intake,” he said.
He successfully moved an amendment committing the AAA to campaign to reduce inequality and promote social cohesion. Delegates accepted another amendment to ask general election candidates, except those from the British National Party, to state their position on academies – and to encourage lobbies of MPs’ surgeries.
Go to » www.antiacademies.org.uk for details of local meetings and other events.