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No democracy in Tory academy plans

Issue No. 2205

Tory plans will mean schools can be turned into academies solely on the say-so of the headteacher and school governors.

The Tories want to transform “outstanding” schools into academies—removed from local authority control and run as private enterprises—without any consultation with parents, teachers or local communities.

It will create a two-tier system where the poorest kids will get the worst education.

The Observer newspaper reported that “outstanding” secondary schools take 40 percent fewer poor pupils than the national average, based on the numbers of pupils receiving free school meals.

The plans will leave schools in poor areas, with high numbers of kids with special educational needs or who have English as a second language, in the hands of local authorities with less money to spend on them.

The plans are a huge assault on the welfare state. Parents, teachers and activists in every town and city must mobilise to smash them.

Anti Academies Alliance public meeting—No more academies, no “free” schools, defend state education. Thursday 24 June, 6.30pm, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Speakers include Fiona Millar, Alasdair Smith, Christine Blower (NUT) and Chris Keates (NASUWT)

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Tue 8 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2205
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