Tuesday 22 May 2012

Downhills teachers strike against Gove’s academy plans

NUT members at Downhills School in Haringey struck today against their school being forced to become an academy.They were supported on the picket line by parents and supporters.

Michael Gove has deemed the school as ‘underperforming’ and claims that forcing it to become an academy will help it improve. Parents and staff disagree.

The Save Downhills School group of parents have run a determined campaign to save the school. The governors had opposed the plan, so Gove removed them. The Head left after a snap Ofsted decision failed the school – this was no surprise as Ofsted is increasingly working as an arm of Gove’s drive to force schools to become academies.

The vote to strike by the NUT group was unanimous. It is the latest step in the campaign to save the school. Michael Gove has suggested that the Harris Federation, which runs a chain of academies in South London, should take over the school. Lord Harris is a Tory Party Lord and has donated £2 million to the Tories.

Academies are independent schools paid for by the taxpayer. They are seperate from the local authority and able to change the curriculum, school day, terms and conditions. All the teaching and support staff unions oppose them. Gove is trying to break up our education system and prepare it for his fat cat friends to cash in.

For more information go to www.antiacademies.org.uk

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