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Anti academies conference gathers to discuss how to beat Gove

by Alasdair Smith, national secretary Anti Academies Alliance
Issue No. 2344

The government’s academies and free school programmes remains mired in controversy. 

Tory education secretary Michael Gove is obsessed with privatisation. 

This led to the obscenity of a 27 year old untrained Civitas spin doctor being appointed as head teacher of a new primary free school.

But Gove’s position has been weakened. 

He has been forced to back down on his planned Ebacc exam. 

He also faces strikes by PCS union members at the Department for Education over cuts.

Parent campaigns against forced academies—such as in Croydon and Brent—continue to challenge the lack of democracy in the academy conversion process.

But we need national action to win a decisive victory against privatisation and austerity. 

That means working to unite all struggles in education into a national campaign.

Labour education secretary Stephen Twigg has offered little in the fight against Michael Gove. 

We urgently need clear arguments for a comprehensive, progressive and democratic education.

Activists should come to the Anti Academies Alliance annual general meeting on Saturday of this week and be part of the fight to defend education.

Go to to register for the conference or for more details on the campaign


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Thu 21 Mar 2013, 14:18 GMT
Issue No. 2344
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