‘Free’ Schools project flounders

Michael Gove’s ‘Free’ School proposals are running into widespread opposition.

‘Free’ Schools are schools that are to be run by businesses or charities. They will not be part of Local Authority planning, and as such the opening of a ‘Free’ School is likely to lead to the closure of other schools. It is market madness being brought into education.

The following are useful articles, all from the last week, outlining Gove’s problems.






Trafford Academy defeated

Parents opposing the proposed Trafford Academy, merging Lostock College and Stretford High, called in the Independent Schools Adjudicator. He upheld the parents objections and ruled that the schools should remain open.


New Literature from the Education unions
ATL Academies toolkit
Growing opposition in the Labour Party
North East Somerset Labour Party has joined the campaign opposing the government’s headlong rush to school academies.
Anti Academies Alliance Financial Appeal
The Anti Academies Alliance has launched a Financial Appeal to help build the opposition to Academies and ‘Free’ Schools.
Read our Appeal, and download the leaflet, here
How can the Anti Academies Alliance help your school?
In the last few weeks a number of schools have approached us to help them campaign against Academy proposals that are being pushed on them.
The Anti Academies Alliance is happy to work with head teachers, governors, parents and staff to develop a campaign to prevent your school becoming an Academy.
Please contact the office if you need help.
TUC conference: The future for our schools
The TUC have organised a major conference on education on Saturday 27th November.
More details and registration here
Anti Academies Alliance AGM
The Anti Academies Alliance AGM will be held on Saturday 15th January in Central London. More information to follow.

Gove accused of meddling as he backs academy chain’s ‘hostile’ bid
Gove’s 25 year old ex adviser given Free Schools contract
Interview with Andy Burnham, shadow education secretary
Catholic Bishops to discuss Academies
Special Needs pupils hit by cuts
Warship producer can help you become an Academy
More news stories here
Anti Academies Newspaper – Orders over 60,000
Over 60,000 newspapers have now been despatched around the country and are being distributed to parents, teachers, governors.
It includes updates on the impact of the Academies Act, the case against ‘Free’ schools, who loses? consultation, campaign news.
Please download the order form and post in your order here
Or email in your order and we will send you an invoice.
Anti Academies DVD
We have an excellent new 13 minute DVD outlining the case against Academies and ‘Free’ Schools.
It is perfect for union meetings / parent meetings / campaign meetings.
If you would like a copy they are £10 to union groups / £2 to parent and campaign groups. Send orders to the office and we will despatch them with an invoice.
Campaign materials
Make your campaign stall / meeting complete with Stickers / Balloons / Mugs / T Shirts
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