Our Schools, Our Say

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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. 

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Natasha Sutton-Williams
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This plan makes no sense. there is no evidence, rather, the reverse, that requiring academise will lead to improvement. To compels academies without any consultation of teachers, parents or students simply shows contempt for the views of the people most affected.
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I am a parent, grandparent and retired primary teacher of 43 years. I am disgusted by the government’s arrogance and refusal to look at the facts about academies, as well as their efforts to destroy the enjoyment of children at school and their love of learning with their obsessive and counter productive testing. Teachers are so stressed that they are leaving in droves from the profession they love. The government’s aim seems to be to destroy teacher unions and collective negotiation on conditions and pay. Leave our schools alone!
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Catherine Whitaker
signed 2016-04-06 18:02:27 +0100
This is the privatisation of our schools. Academisation of our schools must be stopped.
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I am a volunteer helping children who are slow readers in my local, utterly brilliant primary school. I was privately educated, but never went to a school half as good. It is absolutely MAD to make a school like this become an academy.
signed 2016-04-06 17:37:50 +0100
We need to give our children a chance not cutting there chances
signed 2016-04-06 17:36:13 +0100
Yet another unnecessary and misguided policy from this Government. It should focus instead on ensuring kids and teachers aren’t stressed out and burnt out and are given the space for learning through creativity and fun.
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