Wednesday, 3 June 2015

New forced academies legislation - What should we do?

Nicky Morgan has just announced legislation which will sweep away any last shreds of democracy in converting schools to academies. Since parents at Downhills School very nearly stopped their school becoming an academy (and almost brought the academies programme down in the process) and parents at Hove Park actually did stop their school being converted, Gove, Morgan, and their fellow ideologues have been determined to stop those pesky parent and community voices being heard at all. 

As far as I can see there is no time to waste. Now is the time to fight. If we don't hit back hard now, we will be culpable in the destruction of our state education system. We owe it to generations past, present and future to fight to protect it.

So what can we do? 

1. The NUT needs to be talking to the NASUWT and the ATL and agreeing in principle that the unions will work together and support joint strike action in ANY school where forced academisation is proposed.

2. Union groups in schools likely to be affected should be calling joint union meetings NOW and taking indicative ballots for strike action in the event that forced academisation is proposed.

3. The NUT should work with the Anti-Academies Alliance to fast-track a public inquiry into the performance of academies. 

4. We have to be working towards announcing a calendar of national strike action, starting later this year and coordinated where possible with other unions. 

Please share if you agree.