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Parents occupy boss's shop as academy strikes spread

Issue No. 2305

Protest shuts Carpetright (Pic: Dave Gilchrist)

Protest shuts Carpetright (Pic: Dave Gilchrist)

Parents and children occupied one of Lord Harris’s Carpetright shops last Saturday in protest at his plans to take over schools in Haringey, north London. Around 30 people joined the protest, forcing the shop to close.

Tory education secretary Michael Gove wants to forcibly privatise several schools in Haringey. The Harris Federation is his preferred sponsor. The federation also plans to open a free school in the borough—another state-funded school that would be privately run.

Teachers at Downhills Primary School in Haringey struck against the privatisation plans on Tuesday of last week.

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Tue 29 May 2012, 18:45 BST
Issue No. 2305
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