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One day strike over Primary School Academy plans

Birmingham Against The Cuts Re-post | 13.12.2011 21:54 | Education | Social Struggles | Birmingham

Teachers, parents and community say No to forcing Montgomery Primary School to become an Academy

Today teachers in the NASUWT and NUT, together with GMB members, held a one-day strike. There was a picket line this morning and last Sunday 11 December at 1.30pm the local community held a public meeting against the Academy takeover at the Sparkbrook Community Centre, Sydenham Rd, Sparkbrook.

Montgomery is in the front line of primary schools on Gove’s hit list. A strong campaign there can inspire other schools to fight back.

The school’s KS2 SATs results and extracts from its latest (2009) Ofsted report say the school is satisfactory (with some good aspects) and is improving. Of course everyone – staff, parents and the community – want the best education for their children but forcing the school to become an Academy isn’t the answer. The local authority should reject the DfE’s demand that the school be handed over to an Academy chain (ARK seems to be its favourite choice) which would be completely unaccountable to local parents and the community, and instead work with other successful local schools in a support network with Montgomery.

Richard Hatcher

On behalf of AABA

Birmingham Against The Cuts Re-post
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