Birmingham City Council must stop colluding with the DfE on forced academies.

APF demands open and democratic consultation for the parents and staff of Small Heath School while matters are at a formative stage. Analysis by Henry Stewart for the Local Schools Network of the latest GCSE data once again shows that non-academies improve faster than academies. The evidence now is overwhelming, yet schools like Small Heath […]

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No to Colmore Academy

Colmore Junior and Infant Schools in Kings Heath recently announced their intention to ‘investigate seeking academy status’.   Parents have been given until 31st January to send in comments but no parents’ meeting has so far been arranged. A group of concerned parents have set up ‘No to Colmore Academy’ to campaign against the proposal […]

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Is your school on the list? 27% of Birmingham Primaries converted or in the process of converting to academy

The following was published as part of the previous post about the parent victory at West Heath Primary, but it deserves its own post, so here it is again with a bit of added detail;   A recent Local Authority Fortnightly Academy Summary Sheet shows that 63 Primary Schools are in the process of converting. […]

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Mansfield Green Primary is being forced to convert to academy, but why are Local Authority Officers applying the pressure?

Over the past year scores of Primary Schools in Brimingham, all situated in economically deprived areas, have come under intense pressure to convert to sponsored academy status as part of Michael Gove’s drive to expand the number of academies. This pressure, which has been described by MP Richard Burden as bullying, has typically been applied […]

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