Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

June 12th, 2011 at 11:31 am

I think it is morally wrong to privatise education and a huge social experiment!

No primary school academy in Lewisham!

Submitted on 9 June, 2011 – 11:42


Leila Galloway from “Deptford Says No to Tidemill Academy” spoke to Duncan Morrison. 



My parents are both educationalists and I work as a senior lecturer in higher education. I have been doing a post-graduate course in Philosophy at Middlesex University and was involved in the campaign to stop the closure of the Philosophy department there. I have two daughters — eight and eleven years old — at Tidemill.

I think it is morally wrong to privatise education and a huge social experiment. What we see now is the increasing commodification of education.

When Mark Elms, the head of Tidemill, had been discussing becoming a community school, a couple of years ago, I was quite interested in that idea, and I had discussed community education and shared good practice from the Reggio Emilia approach to primary education in Italy. I can see now that he didn’t have the same vision.

Last summer all the parents received a letter saying that the school was going for academy status, that they were going to consult over the summer holidays and then there would be a one hour meeting to get parents’ views. It was a total kick in the teeth. read full interview here



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