The Evening Standard is reporting that teachers descended on Westminster yesterday for a protest march against the Government’s plans to force all state schools to become academies.
Campaigners from the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers staged the demonstration.
The protest follows an announcement by George Osborne in last week’s Budget that all state schools would be forced to become academies by 2020.
Ahead of the rally, Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “Converting all schools to academies will be a disaster for education and local democracy.
“Despite there being no evidence that academy status improves education, Nicky Morgan is recklessly ploughing ahead with this policy. Many communities and schools have categorically said they do not want to convert to an academy.“
The Department for Education said it was “disappointing” that teachers’ unions were “taking this approach.”
…A DfE spokesman said: “Pupils are already benefitting hugely from the academies programme and thanks to our reforms more of them than ever before are going to good or outstanding schools, meaning more parents can access a good school place for their children.
“The changes we are making will put control back in the hands of teachers and school leaders – those who know their pupils best – making sure every single child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”
See also this from the TES with video of the London protests: ‘Nicky Morgan on your bike, what we need is a teachers’ strike’ – watch as protesters march against academy plans
And of course many other protests took place elsewhere.
Were you involved in any of them? If so, please tell us how you think it went.
What do you think happens next? We’ve seen protests, petitions and newspaper articles opposed to the policy of forced academisation, but if all goes to plan, by the next election all schools will either already be academies or have committed to becoming one: do you see anything stopping this outcome now?
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