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GMB says government vultures are using "trojan horse" allegations to sell off Birmingham schools to the highest bidder

Friday, May 16, 2014

It is disgusting that the government is pre-empting the outcome of the investigation into these schools and also ludicrous in that 6 of the 7 schools named in the allegations are already academies and belong to a chain says GMB 

GMB, the union for school support staff, responded to learning today(16th May) that the government have been holding secret talks with Academy chains to sell off schools highlighted recently over the ‘Trojan horse’ allegations.   

Gill Whittaker, GMB Regional Organiser for Birmingham school staff, said “The government has used the excuse that the local authority now has no control over these schools to claim that they feel that Academy chains would be best suited to take on these schools and remove them from governance of the authority. 

It is absolutely disgusting that the government is pre-empting the outcome of the investigation into these schools and planning to sell these schools on to their friends in the Academy Chains.  

It is also ludicrous in that 6 of the 7 schools named in the allegations are already academies and belong to a chain.   

GMB members have been under an enormous pressure since these allegations came to light but in all that time they have remained professional and have continued to work hard for the sake of the children within these schools. Rather than supporting the staff employed in these schools the government is fixated on transforming the whole of the school network into academies purely because it suits their aims.   

There is no evidence that converting a school into an academy has any positive results in fact the evidence recently has shown to be to the contrary.The problem that Birmingham is facing over the management of schools has been caused by the government from the beginning.  The blame lies firmly with the government for creating this mess.  When the government came into power one of the first acts that Michael Gove undertook was to give schools the power to remove their governance from the Local Authority, this has left the authority powerless to act in many circumstances. 

GMB calls for schools in Birmingham to be moved back under local government control where more stringent management and support can be supplied, from professionals that actually understand Birmingham and its demographics, not bureaucrats based in London with no concept of who they are dealing with.” 

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Contact Gill Whittaker 07850 768351 or Samantha Jones 07939 874272 or Avril Chambers 07974 251766 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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