Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday, 12 February, 7.30 pm at The Commercial pub on Wollaton Road.
The idea of ‘free schools’ was imported from Sweden where they were introduced in the early 1990s. So, are they the answer? Continue reading
LOCAL SCHOOLS UNDER THREAT FROM FURTHER PROPOSED FREE SCHOOL IN COTGRAVE
Just as parents and staff in West Bridgford have been coming to terms with the destabilising effect that the Torch Academy company’s proposed ‘Trent Bridge Free School’ is bound to have on the existing schools, news has broken that two teachers currently employed at the Carlton Academy now plan to hold public meetings designed to promote their own free school in nearby Cotgrave! Continue reading
If your local school is proposing to become an academy and you want to oppose this, here are some things you can do:
1. Come to the next meeting of Hands Off Notts Schools at 7pm on Tuesday 27 March at Beeston Library, Foster Avenue, Beeston. We are meeting in the small first floor meeting room. There is disabled access and an induction loop.
2. Send a letter setting out your opposition to the headteacher and chair of governors. Here are some model letters for you to adapt:
3. Start a school-based campaign. Successful campaigns to oppose academies have built an alliance of parents, teachers and in some cases students and others in the local community. The Birmingham-based Hands Off Our School campaign has done a brilliant job putting together information for other schools. You can find more information on their successful campaign at: http://handsoffourschool.wordpress.com/
writing to the usual school address – please mark the envelope clearly with the words “Proposed Academy Conversion”;
sending an email to email@example.com.
The next meeting of Hands Off Notts Schools (the new name for Notts Anti Academies Alliance) will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 21 February 2012 in the Large Meeting Room at Beeston Library, Foster Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1AE.
All welcome. Come along to hear about latest on campaigns to stop community schools leaving the local authority family to become academies and update us if your school is proposing to, or has become, an academy.
The next meeting of Broxtowe Anti Academies Alliance will take place on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm in the Crown Pub in Beeston.
All welcome – we will be updating everyone on the latest from anti academies campaigns across Broxtowe and other areas of Nottinghamshire.
Anti Academies Alliance campaigners will be leafletting parents going into the academy consultation meeting at Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford this evening. Meeting starts at 6.30pm tonight – Wednesday 23 November. If you can help, please meet outside the EATZ cafe at Rushcliffe school at 5.45pm
From the Nottingham Post
A SECONDARY school is the latest in Notts hoping to become an academy.
Rushcliffe School, in Boundary Road, is consulting with parents and pupils over its planned status change.
If it gets the go ahead, it would no longer be under the direct control of Notts County Council.
Funding would come directly from the Government, with the school having more control over setting staff wages and choosing its own curriculum.
But the proposed move has drawn some criticism, including from parent Martin Sleath. He said: “The free market approach implied in academy status is privatisation by another name.
From The Guardian
Charities that run chains of academy schools are using public funds to pay senior staff six-figure salaries, with some on £240,000 or more.
The Guardian analysed the most recent annual reports of five major chains, each of which receives tens of millions of pounds from the government each year.
The reports, which are for the year ending 31 August 2010, show three chains – Ark Schools, Harris Federation and the United Learning Trust – awarded already high-earning staff performance-related bonuses, or increased their pension, salary and bonus packages from the previous year.
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the figures were “astonishing in the current economic climate” and warned that public funds may be being channelled into the pockets of individuals and away from the needs of pupils.
The accounts show that Sir Bruce Liddington, the director general of the E-Act chain, earned £280,017 in salary, pension contributions and bonuses. He was appointed in March 2009 and was paid £154,583 for his first six months of work.