Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Teachers` demonstration outside Department of Education

"Teachers will descend on Westminster to march in protest against the Government's plans to force all state schools to become academies."

"Members of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said they would stage the demonstration outside the Department of Education on Wednesday."

"Mary Bousted, general secretary for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: `Against all logic, and evidence, the Government is promoting its ideology to fragment the education system.` "

" `There is no evidence academies improve children’s education. All the evidence shows the quality of multi-academy trusts (MATs) is highly variable`... "

"Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary for the National Union of Teachers said: `The Government should be addressing the real issues facing schools: the teacher shortage, the lack of pupil places, the chaos in the curriculum. The [education] White Paper is a distraction from those central concerns.` "

" `Incredibly, this is all being done despite the fact that there is no evidence that academies improve the educational results of children. We must all speak out to keep education in the hands of our communities and stop this reckless and destructive policy.` "

" `There are serious democratic concerns surrounding the White Paper. Its proposal to convert all schools to academies wasn’t in the Conservative manifesto, and it deliberately cuts parents out of decision-making about their schools.`"

"The Hands Off Our Schools demonstration will begin outside Westminster Cathedral at 5.30pm on Wednesday 23 March, marching through Westminster to the Department of Education."

"Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell MP and journalist Owen Jones are among those due to speak at the rally. "

"Similar protests are due to be held simultaneously around the UK."

Accessed 08.48 on 23 March 2016

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