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Academies: resistance grows to Tory plans

Issue No. 2208

The Anti Academies Alliance held a 250-strong meeting in London Last week.

Paramjit Bhutta is a head teacher in Tower Hamlets, east London. He told the meeting why education secretary Michael Gove’s plans to transform thousands of schools into privately-run academies would be a disaster.

“Gove says academies will be more accountable. In the academy I worked in, there wasn’t accountability. Now I’m not in an academy I’ve never been so accountable—and that’s how it should be because students’ futures depend on it,” he said.

“In my borough 78 percent of the schools are good or better. They didn’t become that way by being independent.

“We had one school that was struggling. Other schools arranged to take more pupils with behavioural problems so it could get back on its feet.

“By working together we can face any challenge that is thrown at us. We can’t if schools are operating alone.

The general secretaries from the NUT and ATL teaching unions, along with representatives from Unison, the UCU, NASUWT unions and education activists spoke at the meeting.

For a full report of the Anti Academies Alliance meeting go to

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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