Tory climbdown over forced academy threat in face of teachers’ strike plans

6 May 2016

In yet another U-turn by an increasingly weak Tory government, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has retreated from plans to force every school in England into an academy.

This has come as a result of pressure from the NUT’s plans announced at their conference last month to ballot for national strikes over national pay and conditions.

The backdrop of course has been a serious challenge with junior doctor strikes to defend the NHS from a dangerous new contract, a dispute that has seen teachers marching alongside the junior doctors during their strikes.

The climbdown is a huge boost for teachers, parents, students and all those fighting to defend our education system from Tory attacks. While Morgan has had to switch into reverse gear, it is clear that the Tories still plan to continue with their assault on education. Morgan said, “Better to have reforms than have none at all.”

As Kevin Courtney, the NUT’s deputy general secretary, has said, “The Tories still plan to turn schools they say are coasting or failing into academies, and they still plan to make huge funding cuts”

See updates from National Union of Teachers here

And from the Anti Academies Alliance here

 

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