The coalition government is rushing legislation through Parliament which removes the need for governing bodies to consult with parents, staff, the local authority or other local schools before applying to becoming an academy.
The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has written to all schools about the Bill and separately to all schools with an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement, inviting them to register an interest, with a view to becoming an Academy by September 2010.
PCS is campaigning alongside the NUT and other school staff unions to urge MPs and peers to counter the worst aspects of the legislation and try to stop the Bill. Please email your MP and ask them to show their support for the campaign by signing the Early Day Motion on the Academies bill.
To keep in touch with campaign developments or, in particular, if you are a school governor or would like more information about the consequences of academy status please visit the NUT website.