Public meeting with Julian Bell : “The Tories’ Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children”

Mumsnet Ealing have been asked by Ealing NUT to share the details of the upcoming public meeting on 12th May to discuss ‘The Tories’ Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children’

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Public Meeting on Thursday 12th May
Haven Baptist Church Hall, Castlebar Road, W5 (Three minutes from Ealing Broadway Tube Station)

Calling: parents/carers, teachers, support staff, students, governors and councillors. The Tories’ Education White paper is a threat to us all. Come and find out more about what the Tories plan for your children’s education!

Speakers:

Julian Bell Leader of Ealing Council (Labour)
Mathew Cramer Headteacher of Greenford High (Rated Outstanding by Ofsted)
Alan Gibbons Award winning children’s author
Professor Merryn Hutchings Author of the independent report on schools: ‘Exam Factories?’
Stefan Simms NUT National Executive
Plus a Junior Doctor from Ealing Hospital and a local parent

The Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children

Children are more than a score. “Education policy is turning our schools into exam factories, squeezing out creativity and the joy of learning.” (Institute of Directors)

Shortfall of 10,000 primary school places but the government won’t allow local
authorities to build new schools.

London schools face massive funding cuts this will mean school staff redundancies, bigger class sizes, more unqualified teachers.

Teachers’ working conditions are your children’s learning environment. The Government’s undemocratic plans to force schools to academise will mean
the end of local and national pay and conditions for all teachers in all types of schools. It really is about privatising our schools.

Teacher recruitment is at an all-time low, whilst teachers leaving the profession they love is at an all-time high.

Pupils with special educational needs will be at a greater disadvantage.

Government plans to force all schools to become academies are ineffective, undemocratic and expensive.

Ineffective: The Government has failed to produce any evidence that academies improve standards. The schools inspectorate, Ofsted, says many academy chains are performing very badly.

Undemocratic: Over 80 percent of local authority schools are ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. The Government is now forcing them to convert and will ban parent governors.

Expensive: £1.3 billion will be spent on lawyers’ fees at a time when schools face huge cuts. Academy chains pay their CEOs shockingly high salaries – and there are many cases of financial irregularities.

More information can be found on Ealing Teachers’ Association website: www.ealingnut.org.uk/

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