Birmingham Against The Cuts

We heard late last night that Michael Gove, the education secretary, was to pay a visit to Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green, and put the call out for people to join a protest for his lunchtime visit. Around 15-20 people made it on a weekday lunchtime, with BBC Midlands Today along to cover the protest.

Unfortunately, Michael Gove shifted the time of his vist to the morning so he was gone before anyone was there to protest him – a decision presumably taken upon hearing of the protest, especially given the recent 100 strong picket at Montgomery School, which is being forced to become an academy as part of a policy introduced by Michael Gove to make more schools academies.

Nevertheless, a lively and enjoyable picket was held with members of Birmingham Against the Cuts joining NUT, Unison and GMB members, and some pupils at Ninestiles who joined the…

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Montgomery Primary School Strike and Public Meeting


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Birmingham Against The Cuts

Montgomery Primary school is being forced to become an academy, a move which both teachers and parents are opposed to. In December, all staff went on strike, and were joined by parents on the picket line. They will be on strike again on the 25th January.

The following day, Parents at Montgoomery School have a public meeting:

Thursday 26th January 7.30pm-9pm

Community Hall, Sparkbrook Islamic Centre, Sydenham Road, Sparkbrook B11 1ND (Children welcome)


  • Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green
  • Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary, NUT
  • Anne Brimacombe, national executive member, NASUWT
  • speakers from NAHT and GMB unions
  • speaker from ‘Parents at Montgomery school’ campaign
  • Richard Hatcher, Alliance Against Birmingham Academies

The government, supported by the headteacher and some of the governors, are planning to turn Montgomery primary school into an Academy owned and run by a private Academy chain. The school would no longer be…

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