Academy court ruling reflects public concerns, says NASUWT
Commenting on the decision of the High Court to block attempts to convert Warren Comprehensive School in Barking and Dagenham into an academy, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“In view of the track record of the Coalition Government in riding roughshod over the wishes of local people, it is surprising that this is only the first time the courts have intervened to prevent a school being taken out of public ownership.
“This judgement is a reflection of the deep and growing concern among parents and the wider public about the use by the Coalition of forced academisation to drive through its agenda to privatise and marketise our public education system.
“For too long this Coalition has sought to silence the voices of local communities by not only refusing to engage with them in meaningful consultation on the future of their local schools, but also by publicly insulting them for seeking to oppose academisation.
“The NASUWT has raised repeatedly concerns about the lack of opportunity for meaningful consultation with stakeholders.
“It remains to be seen whether this court ruling gives this arrogant and autocratic government pause for thought.”
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