Our groups at Bournemouth University and Exeter University have already called emergency protests against this disastrous move. Meanwhile London branches of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have called an emergency protest on Wednesday 23 March at 5pm (assembling at Westminster Cathedral and marching to the Department of Education).
If you’d like to sign our emergency statement below – as an individual or organisation – please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS!
Stop the government’s privatization of all state schools
The Government has announced their plans to abolish state schools. All of which are set to be replaced with Academies. This is the biggest pritivisation in British History. The sheer level of this proposal is colossal; it affects every single state school in the country that isn’t already an academy, it would also seriously harm the Further Education sector as many sixth forms would face reorganisations and closures.
State schools are one of the things that make Britain so great. They’re accessible, friendly, and efficient ways of education. They’ve produced some of our countries greatest icons. To lose them would decimate Britain’s education sector. Furthermore, it is the right of every parent and child to have the choice of what type of institution their child goes to. Removal of state schools is a removal of choice, and infringes upon the right of parents and students to choose their paths into education.
Concerns have been raised repeatedly about academies from multiple different groups. A major concern is that the level of state funding to schools drops drastically forcing them to look to outside donations. This essentially means that higher income areas will have better schooling facilities and that lower income schools will be vulnerable to the whims of businesses, essentially it’s selling the rights to our children’s futures.
We oppose this proposal vehemently. We oppose it because we believe in free, fair and public education. We oppose it because we believe that our education system shouldn’t be a commodity for the markets to use at their whim. And we oppose it because state schools are a vital part of Britain.
Action must be taken, across all levels. We ask for the teachers, the students, the parents, and anyone who wants Britain to have a healthy education sector to lead the fight back.