The Nishkam primary free school ‘requires improvement’
The Nishkam primary ‘free school’ in Handsworth, Birmingham’s first free school, opened in September 2011. It claims on its website that ‘The primary purpose of the school is the drive for academic excellence. This is exceptionally important in our aspirations for pupils to exceed national standards.’
AABA campaigned against the free school opening. Now we have been proved right.
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Malory Blackman, Children's Laureate
Michael Rosen Children's Author
Alan Gibbons Children's Author
Andy Seed Children's Author
John Coe NAPE National Association Primary Education
Dr Terry Wrigley Leeds Met University
Clare Kelly Lecturer Goldsmiths University
Kenny Frederick, Executive member, NAHT
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After the decision by Redhill School to convert to an academy and the 'sale' of Stourbridge College and it's assets to Birmingham Metropolitan, the community in Stourbridge faces the loss of another of their jewels if Ridgewood High School in Wollaston decides to become an Academy.
Concerned local parents have raised the issue with councillors feeling that they have not been given enough information to make an informed opinion about the plans set out by Ridgewood governors and leadership team.
Three halls in the ICC were required to accommodate the joint NUT/NASUWT regional rally today. The best part of one thousand teachers came to hear defiant speeches from Kevin Courtney (NUT), Chris Keates (NASUWT) and other teachers, parents, governors and students, denouncing the damage that is being done to education and teachers by Gove’s “reforms”. The rally was preceded by a lively march of 130 teachers, from the bottom of Corporation Street up to the Convention Centre.
ESRI and the Co-operative College are co-hosting Co-operative Education Against the Crises to explore the potential of the Co-operative school movement and identify how academics can support its development. The event will take place in Manchester at MMU, Didsbury campus, on 4 July. Registration is now open on the event website
There has been endless critique of the neoliberal project to little noticeable effect, with recent examples having been labeled ‘
One of the few positives about having Michael Gove to speak is that you never quite know which Michael Gove you’re going to get. This week at the National College we got Gove the anarchist. Away with central direction, let a hundred flowers bloom, teachers know best.
The speech has been compared to an old fashioned school prize giving – if you didn’t get a mention, you really are no one in the educational world.
On March 11 Moor Green primary school in Moseley became an academy sponsored by HTI Academy Trust. HTI stand for Heads, Teachers, Industry. Moor Green is its first Academy.
And who better to exemplify the values on which the school will be based than…Sir Alan Sugar and Sir Richard Branson? Yes, Moor Green academy is, according to its press release, the ‘first ‘employability-themed’ Academy School in the UK’.