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NUT: Primary schools to be forced into academy status

Commenting on David Cameron’s announcement that 400 primary schools will be forced to become academies, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“There is no evidence to show that academy status in primary schools will bring any educational benefits. Despite this the coalition government is pressing ahead regardless, removing schools from their local authority and handing them over to unelected sponsors.

“These decisions are being taken over the heads of local authorities, teachers, head teachers and parents. Despite direct threats and reproaches from Michael Gove and his department many Local Authorities remain unconvinced of the merits of the Government’s vision for education.

“It is quite extraordinary that at a time of such huge spending cuts the Prime Minister is announcing that he is happy to spend £10 million to find sponsors for this project.

“This is such irresponsible and rash behaviour from a coalition whose motivation appears ever clearer to be the privatisation of our education system”.

                                                            END                           pr177-2012

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