Teachers heckle schools minister over academy plans

Nick Gibb took part in a Q&A at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool [Image: Alastair Johnstone/SWNS.com for the Guardian].

Nick Gibb took part in a Q&A at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool [Image: Alastair Johnstone/SWNS.com for the Guardian].


He got what he deserved.

It’s amazing that these Tories think they can hoodwink highly-intelligent professionals like teachers and lecturers.

Of course they laughed when Mr Gibb said handing schools over to private operators would make them “profession-led”. It’s a lie.

They would be profit-led.

The schools minister Nick Gibb drew laughter, jeers and heckles from teachers as he stated the case for the government’s academisation plans.

The Bognor MP failed to win over members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) union when he took part in a question-and-answer session at their conference in Liverpool.

Government plans to remove 17,000 English primaries from state control and make them privately run within six years have prompted concern among education professionals. Plans to turn all secondary schools into academies had been announced previously.

Asked to defend the government’s education white paper, which has been widely criticised by teachers, unions and Tory local councillors, Gibb said: “I’m spending time talking to colleagues who have expressed a concern.

“But the whole academies programme is about having a profession-led system, so that the profession is in charge and not local authority officials. That’s the system we’re moving to. If you talk to headteachers who become heads of academies, they have flourished.”

One audience member shouted “rubbish” while a handful of others jeered and some laughed at the minister’s suggestions.

Source: Teachers heckle schools minister over academy plans | Education | The Guardian

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7 thoughts on “Teachers heckle schools minister over academy plans

  1. Malcolm MacINTYRE-READ

    Apparently there is no research to show that primary academies provide better education than those run by local councils. So, without DATA, how can anyone claim that either one is better than the other?

    Shimples. Just apply DOGMA.

      1. Malcolm MacINTYRE-READ

        Thanks Mike. I have no means of agreeing or disagreeing with the chart, not knowing the source its data and thus having no source of alternative data for comparison.

        However, the main point I wanted to make was in spite of whatever data was used, it would be overridden by the Con Gov’s DOGMA… as in everything else they do.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        The information was from the Department for Education. I thought that was clear.

  2. Terry Davies

    this is what has become standard ‘ consultation’ ie a forum where ideas discussed are already in the finalising process.
    This has become standard practice, and is undoubtedly dictatoria.l

  3. Joan Edington

    There are times when I think I would like the return of vigilante mobs to string up these so-called politicians who think they know so much better than staff in the front line. This entire school privatisation issue should have been announced on April 1st. It’s hard to believe it could be happening for real. Surely it’s gone far enough now for a vote of no confidence.

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