Will ‘Free’ schools use qualified teachers?
There is growing concern that ‘Free’ Schools will try emulate their private school friends and avoid employing trained teachers. Alasdair Smith, of the Anti Academies Alliance, thinks the government could be on dodgy ground. “I think these ministers have got the idea from their old private schools, where anyone can teach, without a formal qualification, but state-funded schools are different. The idea that free schools might not use qualified teachers would be very worrying for most parents because QTS is evidence that the teacher understands how to provide quality teaching and learning.”

Free schools might not use qualified teachers

Ed Balls attacks socially divisive ‘Free’ schools
Lisa Nandy MP raises concerns about the New Schools Network
Anti Academies Alliance literature on ‘Free’ schools and the New Schools network
New Literature
UNISON Briefing on ‘Free’ Schools:
Local Schools Network
Fiona Millar, Melissa Benn and others have set up a local schools network to defend our education system from the Tories and their New Schools Network:
Other News
What’s happening in Surrey? The BBC broke a story on Thursday that Surrey County Council want to turn all their secondary schools into Academies:
Yet today the TES ran an article that the head of education in Surrey is against Academy plans!
Would you let this man run your school? BBC programme on Toby Young and his Free School proposal. He gets a hard time from Anti Academies activists.

Anti Academies Newspaper – over 50,000 despatched
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Anti Academies DVD
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