More than 50 people attended the Anti Academies Alliance AGM.
Martin Johnson from ATL union talked about the new Education Not For Sale report he is working on for the TUC.
He said giving the market easy access into education in Sweden and the US has led to school closures. Children have suffered as as a result.
NUT union general secretary Christine Blower said that the suggestion that richer parents should pay for state education, is “about softening up schools for privatisation.”
A parent from the victorious campaign against an academy in Snaresbrook, east London, spoke. They recalled how it started with ten people. In the end there were so many that they had to meet in a car park.