1 Oct '14

News We fought becoming an academy and won | @guardianletters

The spectacle of education minister Nicky Morgan trying to ingratiate herself with disaffected teachers at the Tory partys pre-election conference was galling (Report, 29 September), coming as it does after a sustained and brutal attack on both the profession and state education by her predecessor. The same day, Sally Morgan, ex-chair of Ofsted, told delegates to the Headmasters and Headmistresses conference the academy and free school programme pushed so hard by Michael Gove, was characterised by patchy results, mismanagement and the occasional scandal, calling it the rushed revolution.Here in Brighton and Hove we are celebrating our own revolution in which it took students, parents and teachers six months to overturn a planned academy conversion to Hove Park school. At no point did the parents, students and teachers making up the campaign think that conversion of this good local authority secondary school was inevitable or desirable. Instead we made banners, wrote letters, composed songs, tweeted, marched, rallied, lobbied, laughed, performed, donated, banged wheelie bins and stood together even when the teachers went on strike. Continue reading...

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