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The Socialist 26 January 2011

Workers and students unite!

The Socialist issue 655

Fight for jobs and education

Where next for the student movement?

Education Maintenance Allowance days of action 18 and 19 January

No to sky-high youth unemployment!


Warning: Government health 'reforms' can seriously damage your health

Phone hacking and media spin - the murky world of Andy Coulson

Food price hikes fuelling unrest

Fight the Con-Dem 'bosses' charter'

RMT leader slams anti-union laws

Marching against council cuts


Hampshire: Battling to defend jobs

Second show of strength by Medirest workers

BA workers vote to fight on

DWP contact centre strike


NSSN anti-cuts campaign launched

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference


Irish government collapses: United Left Alliance offers real alternative

Tunisia: Protesters demand real democracy and social change

50 years ago: Congo's independence leader assassinated


Tidemill school - victory for parents

Save Our Schools

Bankers' "Free school" excludes poorer pupils


Britain's Banks: Too Big to Save?


Three decades of 'reform' and 'flexibility'

Stop the mental health service cuts

 
 

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Bankers' "Free school" excludes poorer pupils

A PROPOSED 'free school'/academy in Wandsworth, south London, run by 25 bankers working for top City firms, has displayed blatant class discrimination by excluding children from poorer neighbourhoods.

Bolingbroke Academy is due to be built on a former hospital site. Leading City firms such as Rothschild, Credit Suisse, CitiGroup, Barclays Capital, Coutts, Normura, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and RBS are using Con-Dem education minister Michael Gove's flagship academies policy to create an elite school.

This academy's sponsors have decided to use feeder schools for its intake. These schools will be in some of the most well-heeled areas of Battersea. But one nearer school, based around a council estate and with wage levels about half those in the feeder schools, is excluded.

At a time when huge education cuts are threatened, the academy could suck resources away from the rest of the education authority, Tory-controlled Wandsworth.

For a start, buying the hospital site will cost the council 13 million with more public cash being spent on its conversion to a school and 6 million yearly for running the academy. All this just to pass a school over to bankers - as if bank bosses haven't gained enough in recent years!

So far, Gove's Department for Education has approved many such projects. But as Martin Powell-Davies, NUT National Executive member for Inner London, recently commented on the government's academy proposals: "most schools quite rightly refuse the offer."

"Any financial advantage that new academies might make from the move would come at the expense of the central local authority budget, reducing their ability to support other schools and families. Governors are being bribed by the government to try to break-up comprehensive local authority schooling.

"Chains of unaccountable education businesses will end up replacing elected local authorities - which is what the government intends."

This barefaced bias is typical of what will be seen if the Con-Dems get their way. Teachers and parents must fight these plans.


No to academies!

  • No to privatisation of education.
  • For fully comprehensive education, to be controlled by elected local authorities, parents, pupils and the wider working class.
  • For a joint campaign of parents, pupils and staff to oppose academies and all attacks on education.
  • For a public sector strike against all cuts in jobs and services.

In this issue


Socialist Party youth and students

Fight for jobs and education

Where next for the student movement?

Education Maintenance Allowance days of action 18 and 19 January

No to sky-high youth unemployment!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Warning: Government health 'reforms' can seriously damage your health

Phone hacking and media spin - the murky world of Andy Coulson

Food price hikes fuelling unrest

Fight the Con-Dem 'bosses' charter'

RMT leader slams anti-union laws

Marching against council cuts


Socialist Party workplace news

Hampshire: Battling to defend jobs

Second show of strength by Medirest workers

BA workers vote to fight on

DWP contact centre strike


National Shop Stewards Network

NSSN anti-cuts campaign launched

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference


International socialist news and analysis

Irish government collapses: United Left Alliance offers real alternative

Tunisia: Protesters demand real democracy and social change

50 years ago: Congo's independence leader assassinated


Socialist Party schools features

Tidemill school - victory for parents

Save Our Schools

Bankers' "Free school" excludes poorer pupils


Socialist Party review

Britain's Banks: Too Big to Save?


Comment

Three decades of 'reform' and 'flexibility'

Stop the mental health service cuts


 

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