“Inadequate” academy run by company involved in Jubilee stewards scandal

Prospects Services, the big contractor behind the jubilee stewards scandal, also runs an academy school. Badly.
In March inspectors found the firm’s school was “inadequate,” “fragile” and needed further monitoring.
The way this firm can so obviously fail in two areas of public-sector “reform” raises questions both over Prospects Services and the government’s wide-ranging business-oriented “reform” agenda.

Derby Council withdraws support for academies
Labour has used its first meeting back in charge of Derby City Council to reverse the authority’s policy on academy schools.

The council will now no longer offer support to schools which want to leave the local authority’s control.
Paul Bayliss, the council’s new leader, said: “We are intent on implementing our manifesto.”

United action  sees off academy plans in South Tyneside
UNISON has welcomed a decision by governors at South Tyneside’s Boldon School to reject academy status.
UNISON members at the school stood shoulder to shoulder with colleagues in teaching unions NASUWT and the NUT, as well as the South Tyneside Public Services Alliance, to see off an attempt to turn the school into an academy. After a decisive ballot result, the joint unions had a mandate for sustained strike action in protest at plans to give the school academy status. And they staged a protest outside the school to publicise their campaign.
The joint unions then made a presentation to the school governors last night and presented them with the facts they needed to convince them not to proceed with the consultation process.

Strikes against Academies


Trade unionists and students joined striking teachers on vibrant NUT pickets at Kimberley School in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire. 
Over 30 people packed on to the picket lines on each day of the strike action, including local Labour Councillors. Members of Unison and other trade unions joined the picket lines in solidarity and support from the passing public was tremendous.
More strikes for school teachers – Eastwood & Kimberley  news – Eastwood Advertiser:http://t.co/K7Mor0JR
ITV: Teachers begin 2 day strike action against academy status http://t.co/TSJ2SK4n


Following successful strike action by the NUT last term, together Unison and NUT members at Downhills Primary School in Tottenham have notified their acting head teacher that there is to be a day’s strike next Tuesday (19th June) against the forced academy.
Please rush messages of support to philbrett@msn.com

Strike Ballots

BRGS teachers to ballot for strike action over academy plans
Vibrant anti-academy lobby as teachers ballot to strike  http://t.co/Rxcg9oXw

Free Schools news

Why free schools are small schools | Financial Times  http://t.co/5MlUvWwY
The Department for Education defends Beccles Free School decision after criticism…
Anger over Free School “bullying” http://t.co/ff3dQ6ts

Other news

Michael Rosen: The Gove-Murdoch vision of schools: Unfree and profitable http://t.co/qXmor5JP
Schools to form academy trust despite consultation fears (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series) http://t.co/ddLrtLPX
Protests continue as anger mounts over Coventry school ‘forced to become academy’ http://t.co/PIHtxUWC
‘Engineering without a conscience? The case of the JCB UTC Academy’ http://t.co/We9GVhPH
How pressures on academies lead to bullying of new teachers  http://t.co/55S0FIDk
Fiona Millar’s advice for reducing inequality – abolish private and selective schools. http://t.co/PciTFrbihttp://t.co/a7k5Ozt2
Jamie Oliver calls for end of academy food regulation exemptions. http://t.co/PciYd1ks http://t.co/rhQXhzVa

THE Academies programme could leave Oxfordshire unable to provide extra school places where they are most needed http://t.co/5B5ffKjk
School to oppose Government academy order? | This is Nottingham http://t.co/hHQXSMNo
Yarmouth’s new Academy school pupils face a 45-hour week
School academy debate can’t find a pro-academy speaker – Bromsgrove Standardhttp://www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/2012/06/15/news-Speaker-needed-to-support-academy-bid-42604.html#.T9sC2b6Jq5Z.twitter
The new Sutton Trust scheme will reinforce existing segregation in schools http://gu.com/p/3866g/tw
We must sort out failing academies – Mr Castle “hoped under new rules councils would have more powers over academies” http://bit.ly/KGoHbK
Consett Academy puts ban on mobile phones

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