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.”


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

Together Against Trump: 13th July

Message from PSC:

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Donald Trump is coming to Britain on Friday 13th July. The Together Against Trump coalition are planning actions across the country, and we want to make sure the Palestine struggle is represented strongly.

From moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, refusing to condemn Israel’s massacres in Gaza, and emboldening settler colonialism in the West Bank – Trump has proven himself to be no friend of Palestine or justice.

Join the Carnival of Resistance, and find out what’s going on near you. We are expecting a massive turnout for the rally in London. So come along – and don’t forget your Palestinian flags!

London Demonstration
14:00: Assemble outside BBC in Portland Place, march to Trafalgar Square.
17:00 – 19:00: Rally in Trafalgar Square

This demonstration is also supported by Stand Up To Racism & CND

Academies – NEU June Privatisation Update

Some crucial developments are reported in the latest edition of Privatisation Update including news on three key anti-academy campaigns. Government has made a major U-turn on ‘coasting’ schools and academisation and three schools have already reversed their decision to form a MAT citing this development. Also covered are two important recent reports: one finding that academies in MATs have fewer freedoms and a second showing that the free schools programme has failed to deliver on its promises.

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NEU Open letter on SEND

From the NEU eBulletin 18-019E:

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An open letter from 39 local councils, calling for more money to support pupils with SEND, was published on Monday. Aimed at Education Secretary Damian Hinds, and backed by the NEU and other unions within the School Cuts coalition, the letter will call for an immediate cash injection for SEND and a fair and sustainable system of funding for the future.
Teachers and support staff know there is a crisis in SEND funding, with councils struggling to deliver effective provision for these pupils because of lack of cash. Recently the Education Secretary promised an additional £50m for councils to fund SEND resources and school places. But this is not new money and it is nowhere near enough to address the crisis.
This unprecedented letter from councils around the country – with different political leadership – will be published on the NEU website and will be available on social media. Please look out for it and share it widely to keep the pressure on the Government to increase funding for schools and children with SEND.

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or read text of letter below Continue reading NEU Open letter on SEND

NEU Public Meeting on Windrush

NEU Public Meeting on Windrush to the Far Right: Resist the Hostile Environment

23 June 2018 at NUT HQ, London

Over 100 places are already booked so tickets are fast running out! Members should book their place in advance here.

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Confirmed speakers include the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP. Please share this flyer

Save Khan al-Ahmar

Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign:

In May 2018, the Israeli High Court ruled against the Palestinian Bedouin community of Al Khan al Ahmar and all Bedouin refugees living in Area C. The Bedouin school and village may now be demolished at any time. Pressure from the British government on Israel has been known to help prevent forced displacement of Palestinians.

Please write to your MP urging them to take action.

NEU Newham (NUT Section) is affiliated to PSC

NEU & Refugee Week

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Dear colleague

Refugee Week takes place from 18-24 June 2018. In its 20th year, the National Education Union is proud to be the first ever education union to partner. We hope you will get involved and use some of the great resources included on the new NUT Section webpage  created for Refugee Week 2018.

NEU Refugee Week info. 20 simple acts listed on a poster for event.As it is the 20th year, we hope you will talk with colleagues about the 20 Simple Acts that schools/colleges can carry out during the week. Please share the link and resource with colleagues in your school/college now to start planning for #Simple Acts in your area.

This School Welcomes Refugees Poster. Black letters on white and yellow background.The National Education Union has been working this year with students who are refugees. We’ve created a teaching pack called Refugee Voices –  share these videos with colleagues and take a look at our staff training notes which accompany the clips to get your refugee week activities started.

Share information and photos from events that you are organising with others using #SimpleActs.

Yours sincerely

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Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary

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Greater London Pay Campaign

Message from Martin Powell-Davies
Regional Secretary- London
National Education Union (NUT Section)

NEU Logo. Black letters stating National Education Union plus pale blue polygons radiating out from centre. All on white background. Alongside NUT logo with white letters on dark blue background.Teachers across the capital have faced years of pay cuts and cost of living rises.
We want to hear from you about the impact that years of pay cuts have had on you

Once you have completed this survey, please share with colleagues and teacher friends across London.
We will be will be discussing the results of this survey and the launch of our Greater London Pay Campaign, and we want you to be a part of it.

Join us on Saturday 30 June, 10am-1pm at
NEU HQ, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, (nr. Kings X/ Euston)

Click here for event flyer.

Look forward to seeing you on 30 June
Martin Powell-Davies
Regional Secretary- London National Education Union (NUT Section)