Thanks to the dedication and hard work of pupils, parents, teachers, and the council, we have been able to improve education in our borough. The part the council has played in the transformation of Islington's schools is one of the proudest achievements of Islington Labour.
All of our borough's secondary schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, and the vast majority of our primary schools are too. GCSE results in the borough have seen a dramatic improvement since the borough was ranked 143rd out of 151 local areas in 2010, with Islington now being ranked well within the top-third for results in the country. We are also really proud that our fantastic primary schools are among the best in the country for helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve good results.
But all this is at risk from a Tory Government that has announced reckless plans to force all schools to become academies.
The Tories want to remove parents' say over the future of local schools, and force schools to follow central instruction to become academies by 2022.
Islington's community of schools works. With an active local council supporting - and challenging when necessary - our schools, we can share what works and raise standards and results for all. Parents must have the say over the future of local schools, and it is wrong for the Tory Government to impose a one-size-fits-all approach on our schools.
We will fight the Tory Government's attack on Islington's schools.
It is astonishing that, at a time of major cuts to school budgets, the Government would think it wise to spend over a billion pounds turning all schools into academies when there is not a shred of evidence it will help improve education standards or children’s chances in life. We know what works: good teaching and good leadership in a well-supported system - that’s what we will continue to deliver in Islington.
Sign the petition and tell the Tories, 'Our Schools, Our Say'.
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Our Schools, Our Say
We the undersigned believe that what our local schools need is good teachers and good leadership in a well-supported system. The Tory Government's costly plans to force all schools to become academies by 2022 is another top-down reorganisation that will not help young people in Islington get the education they need.
We believe that parents should always have a say in the future of local schools, and no school should be forced to become an academy by the Government.
We urge the Government to think again and drop these plans.