EPI Report: “local authorities should be able to take over schools which are in struggling academy trusts”

Press release from NEU:

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EPI on School Performance in Academy Chains and Local Authorities

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the latest report by the Education Policy Institute.
“Without doubt the most significant aspect of this report is its recommendation that local authorities should be able to take over schools which are in struggling academy trusts. This is simple common sense and would be welcomed by many communities who have seen their local schools taken over by unaccountable and negligent academy chains. Indeed it’s a demand that has already been made, many times. Notably in the case of the collapse of the Wakefield City Academies Trust where parents were forced to watch in dismay as their schools were then transferred to another set of unaccountable academy trusts without proper consultation or consideration for the needs and priorities of the community.

“This report is also the final nail in the coffin of the idea that coercing schools into academy status has been worth it, either financially or in terms of improving outcomes. It is worth remembering the huge sums that have been spent on the programme – £745 million on converting maintained schools to academies since 2010-11 according to the NAO. This is not to mention the vastly inflated salaries of academy CEOs and the numerous financial scandals the programme has engendered.

“It’s now time for a proper debate on what we want from our schools system. The academies programme has not delivered on its promised outcomes. But it has also produced a fractured and incoherent schools system in which the voices of parents, pupils and staff are diminished.”


Women of Westminster Walking Tour 26/07/2018

TUC London, East & South East Women’s Rights Committee in Association with Go London Tours: Women of Westminster Walking Tour
The newly unveiled statue of the suffragist leader - Millicent Fawcett, the first monument of a woman to stand in the central London location.Event details
Thu 26 Jul 2018 – 16:45 to 19:00
Westminster SW1 London
United Kingdom
Tickets LIMITED SPACES: £5 per person (first 20 places) / £7 per person thereafter

Overview: Continue reading Women of Westminster Walking Tour 26/07/2018

It is with much sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Joe Standen. Joe was Assistant Secretary and a member of the Newham Teachers Association committee for many years. Joe’s wife and children are in our thoughts.
Further details to follow.

People’s Assembly – NHS Demo

From the People’s Assembly:

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Say yes to:
– A publicly owned NHS that is free for all
– Proper funding and proper staffing
– Support for our wonderful NHS workers
– World class services for every community

Saturday 30 June 2018
Assemble 12pm, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
(nearest tubes: Oxford Circus / Great Portland St)
March to Downing Street, Whitehall

Join the big march and celebration June 30 Continue reading People’s Assembly – NHS Demo

16-18 November: Black Teachers’ Conference 2018

16-18 November: Black Teachers’ Conference 2018 – Important Update

Black Teachers Conference flyer with date of conference and conference title. Images showing black teachers in action.Applications are now open for this year’s Black Teachers’ Conference, which will be held in Bristol. The Conference theme will be “Re-Claiming the Dream – Leading the Change Together”. The recent Windrush scandal and racist protests by the far-right reminds us all of the importance of having strong self-organised Black networks within our union to counter the toxic narrative of the far-right. This conference is the key platform for NEU Black members to articulate this counter narrative.
The application forms will be sent directly to your association/division secretary’s generic email address for authorisation and payment. Delegate fee is £354. This year we are moving the division authorisation form online to make the process easier for divisions; however hardcopy forms can be requested by contacting the equalities team. Members will not have a confirmed place until we receive the completed application form and payment from the association/division.
For any queries relating to the equality conferences please email equality@neu.org.uk

Closing date for the receipt of application is October 15th 2018

NEU Newham has a policy for equality conference applications. See Equality Page of this website. http://www.newhamteachers.org.uk/?page_id=1645