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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 June 2011
Spreading to primaries?
Education secretary Michael Gove's latest headline-grabbing wheeze is to convert 200 "failing" primary schools into academies. This is due to happen in September 2012, when in some cases, a new headteacher will be brought in.
But what Gove describes as "a helping hand upwards" for staff in the academies, in practice has meant bullying by headteachers, sacking of staff and chaos and confusion for staff and pupils. Spreading the pernicious policy of academies into primary schools means the destruction of the comprehensive school system.
The Socialist demands:
- Free, publicly run, good quality education, available to all from nursery to university.
- Give schools the resources to meet every child's needs. Bring class sizes down to a maximum of 20.
- Big business out of education. No to PFI. No to the commercialisation and privatisation of education.
- No to academies and trust schools. For democratic local education authorities (including representatives elected from staff, parents and secondary school students) to control and plan the running of all schools.
- No to selection. For all schools to follow common comprehensive admissions procedures agreed across each local authority.
- For community schools run by democratic governing committees, with paid time off to allow parents' representatives to attend. Headteachers to be elected from the teaching staff.
- End National Curriculum testing (SATs) and school league tables. For a broad and balanced school curriculum that can engage and develop every young person.
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In The Socialist 22 June 2011:
Socialist Party feature
As the cuts bite, millions ask: 'Does it have to be like this?'
Building for 30th June
Con-Dems' pension attack - brutal class warfare must be fought
POA to hold protest meetings
Busting the public sector pensions myths!
Staffordshire NSSN builds support for 30 June action
Hillingdon workers back the pensions strike
Socialist Party workplace news
Strike action to defend Royal Mail jobs
Leeds Unison urges members to reject council's final offer
Coleg Morgannwg: Victory over victimisation
Barnsley lecturers fight job cuts
Unison conferences discuss action on pensions
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party news and analysis
Con-Dems still plan to destroy NHS - Save our health service!
News in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Greece's debt crisis threatens worldwide banking system
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Finsbury Park - No to A4e cheap labour schemes
Southern Cross bosses demand huge cuts in pay and conditions
Reviews and comments
Sri Lanka's killing fields
Readers' comment: apprentice sexists
Fighting the cuts
Southampton: strikes set to continue
200 workers challenge Labour council cuts
Labour MP fails to answer questions on cuts
Comprehensive education under attack
Keep Tidemill in public hands
Spreading to primaries?
The Socialist 22 June 2011 |
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