Missed this so I’m reblogging now because it is worth a read. Recent events – Downhills, Montgomery Primary – evidence the forced conversion strategy cranking up. Gogwit recommends…

Hands Off Our School

And a new phase of forced Academy conversion begins

A comparison of the DfE’s latest publication list of schools applying for Academy status  with the list published in August shows that since August only 4 Birmingham schools have submitted applications to become Academies. Furthermore the current list up until December 2011 shows that last month no schools in Birmingham submitted an application at all, not one Birmingham school opened as a new Academy and no applications from Birmingham schools were approved by the DfE.

If this Wikipedia list of Birmingham’s schools is correct, there are 400 state schools in Birmingham – 296 Primary schools, 76 Secondary Schools and 28 Special Schools. Of these, 24 are Academies (7 Sponsored and 17 Converters). According to the DfE’s latest publication there are a potential 12 more in the pipeline. Assuming all 12 convert (which is by no means certain), that will make a…

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Author: gogwit

One foot in Sanity, the other in the adjoining parish, usually in the vicinity of the boundary between the two but sometimes straying into the main square of either and very occasionally taking occupation of the Town Hall...

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  1. Birmingham is being heavily targeted for forced academies. 29 Primaries have been identified and are under threat. Some governing bodies and head teachers may fight this, most will probably just go with it. As we have already seen at Montgomery and Downhills, the people who will be most affected – the children, parents and community won’t have any say in the matter. I am starting a group to bring together parents and community from across the city to campaign for full and proper consultation. Anybody interested in getting involved can get in touch with me (Sarah) via handsoffbournvilleschool@yahoo.co.uk


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