Plans to shake up the schools system could lead to increased segregation, the Department for Education’s own research warns.

Boosting school choice could lead to parents selecting schools for their “peer groups”, a study on the impact of its Schools White Paper says.

The warnings come in the department’s own economic assessment of the Schools White Paper, which was presented to Parliament by Education Secretary Michael Gove last week.
it warns of an “increase in stratification” and says “there is a risk that parents select schools based on peer groups, where schools compete to attract particular groups of people, where barriers to choice result in segregation”.

Clitheroe grammar teachers ‘set for pre-Christmas strike’ against Academy proposal

TEACHERS at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School are set to strike over plans for it to become an academy.

Three teachingunions – the NASUWT, the NUT and ATL – have held ballots for action after talks with school chiefs broke down.

Lancashire’s National Executive Member for the NASUWT John Girdley revealed ‘a very substantial mandate’ for industrial action has been reflected in its ballot after almost 94 per cent of teachers voted in favour of action.

And NUT members’ result will be revealed this week, but Simon Jones, Blackburn with Darwen division secretary and NUT national executive member, predicts more than 90 per cent will go in favour of a strike.

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Not waiting for Superman

The new American film about Charter Schools is opening in Britain.

US education campaigner Diane Ravitch says

“The message of these films has become alarmingly familiar: American public education is a failed enterprise. The problem is not money. Public schools already spend too much. Test scores are low because there are so many bad teachers, whose jobs are protected by powerful unions. Students drop out because the schools fail them, but they could accomplish practically anything if they were saved from bad teachers.

They would get higher test scores if schools could fire more bad teachers and pay more to good ones. The only hope for the future of our society, especially for poor black and Hispanic children, is escape from public schools, especially to charter schools, which are mostly funded by the government but controlled by private organizations, many of them operating to make a profit.”

Reviews see here and here

If you can organise to leaflet outside your local cinema when the film is shown you may want to use these Anti Academies Briefings – here and here

Review of the film and Anti Academies leaflet for film audiences here

Enemy at the gates: admissions code risks new inequalities – Analysis – TES Connect

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GMB slams council school land deal for Free School

Why one headteacher is fighting a giant school

Can proprietors also be staff at Free Schools?

School funding reforms blasted for creating more bureaucracy

TUC hits back at Tory school plans

School Governing: Review of the Schools White Paper

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