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ANTI ACADEMIES CONFERENCE

One year on from the Academies Act – Fighting Academy Conversions & Free Schools

A major one day conference for governors, parents and staff who want help to organise to stop primary, secondary and special schools converting to academy status.
                                                                   
There will be practical workshops for governors, parents, schools students, and staff. Other workshops sessions include Free Schools; ‘Edu-business’, UTCs and 16-19 academies, equality and SEN and ‘Rogue head teachers’.
 
This conference is the next step in the crucial campaign against the Government’s academy schools reform proposals.
 
Speakers include: Lisa Nandy MP; Nigel Gann one of the UK’s leading authorities on school governance; John Adams (NGA pc); Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education; Christine Blower, NUT;  Mary Bousted, ATL; Patrick Roach NASUWT; Megan Dobney, SERTUC; Alasdair Smith AAA
 
Saturday 11th June, 10.30am – 4pm
Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Speakers include:
 
Organised by: SERTUC and Anti Academies Alliance
To register email sertucevents@tuc.org.uk
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Radical Education

RADICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Radical education and the common school: a democratic alternative

Friday 18th March 2011

Institute of Education, London

£135 standard rate
A one day conference which aims to recognise the importance of democracy as a value and practice in education, learning from successful examples of democratic education and considering the type of school and the role for local government needed for a democratic education.

Speakers include:

Melissa Benn – writer and journalist

Tim Brighouse – formerly London Schools Commissioner

Mike Davies – founder member of Human Scale Educaiton

Michael Fielding – Institute of Education

Richard Pring – University of Oxford

Peter Wilby – former Editor of the New Statesman

Find out more and register at: www.ioe.ac.uk/tcru/conferences

Booking details now at: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/Radical_education_conference_flier.pdf

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Vote Clegg, get Brown!

Tory / Lib Dem Government announce Plans for Swedish style ‘Free Schools’

 From Alasdair Smith at the Anti Academies Alliance

 AAA website at: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk

 The new Tory / Lib Dem government has already announced that we will see Swedish style ‘Free Schools’ being opened.

They also intend to rush through legislation to allow ‘outstanding’ schools to become Academies.

The Swedish ‘Free Schools’ have recently received a lot of criticism. Swedish Trade unions, politicians and even the Swedish National Agency for Education have warned that we there are serious problems with the ‘Free School’ model.

It’s not too late for Liberal Democrat members and MPs to demand that these proposals are abandoned.

In every city and town we need to start to prepare to resist these proposals.

No privatisation, No cuts: Defend Comprehensive Education!  

New Anti Academies Alliance briefing on Swedish style ‘Free’ Schools: https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/international/sweden/thecaseagainstswedishstylefreeschools

Recent news articles on Swedish ‘Free’ schools, and the myth that they are successful:

https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/parliament/thecaseagainstfreeschools

An Appeal to Liberal Democrats

The following Appeal has been circulated to Liberal Democrat MPs, councillors and activists.

At your Spring Conference in 2009 you passed a motion which stated you would “restore strategic Local Authority oversight and commissioning” of Academies.

The Anti Academies Alliance welcomed this decision. It made your party the only party that recognised a key problem with Academies; that they are schools that are outside of local democratic control.

In our questionnaire to election candidates many of your candidates replied repeating this pledge.

As the discussions about the formation of a future government proceed, we appeal to you to stand by this pledge, and to take this historic opportunity to halt the academy programme and the break up of our comprehenisive education system.

It is also important that the Tories’ plans for further privatisation & deregulation are thwarted. Michael Gove’s plans for “new” schools along the lines of the ‘Swedish model’ must be shelved.

We urge every Lib Dem to contact their leadership to demand that a progressive education policy is not squandered in any coalition deal.

Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti Academies Alliance

‘Free’ Schools – a “disaster for standards”

This was the comment made by Nick Clegg, just a week before becoming Deputy Prime Minister:

Biggest academy sponsor hit by fresh Ofsted ‘failure’

The country’s biggest academy sponsor has been plunged into fresh turmoil after it emerged that another of its schools has been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted.

Stockport Academy, sponsored by the United Learning Trust (ULT), has been told that it needs “significant improvement” to address poor standards.

It is the third ULT academy to be described as inadequate by inspectors in less than a year and is the latest in a line of significant setbacks for the sponsor.

Education Bill within weeks as Tories dig in

The move opens the door for a raft of new schools to be set up by parent groups, charities and local businesses as well as existing school providers, a policy not backed by the Liberal Democrats before the election. Legislation later this month will give all schools ranked outstanding by Ofsted the right to step out of local authority control immediately and become academies.

Heads warn National Challenge schools face job losses and budget cuts

England’s worst performing schools – those categorised under the National Challenge – face redundancies and budget crises from next spring, heads and unions have warned. Improvements to the “named and shamed” secondaries could stall when they lose vital cash during tough financial times in 2011, the school leaders have said. See: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6043684

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