Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

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MPs back Government Academies Bill

MPs have backed the Government’s flagship Academies Bill which was rushed through Parliament in time for the start of the summer recess.

The Bill was passed by 317 votes to 225, Government majority 92, despite accusations it would lead to a “two-tier” education system and would damage comprehensive schooling.

But shadow education secretary Ed Balls expressed fears the changes would lead to “social apartheid” in education and described them as “the most profoundly unfair piece of social engineering in this generation. “This Bill will create an unfair and two-tier education system in this country, with gross unfairness in funding, standards not rising but falling, fairness and social cohesion to be undermined,” he told MPs.


What are acadamies:

Academies are publicly funded independent schools in England.

Academies are set up as charitable companies. They are run by a board of governors who  are also the company directors. They are exempt charities, which means they are not required to register with the Charity Commission.

Schools that become academies will:

  • be removed from local authority control;
  • have their own board of governors;
  • have control of their land, buildings, staffing,curriculum, salaries, etc;
  • be free from following the National Curriculum;
  • be able to make operational changes, such as changing the length of terms and school days;
  • conform to national admissions regulations;
  • not have to conform to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document; and
  • be expected to act as a partner to less successful schools.

On opening, academies have two sets of staff until harmonisation is reached – transferred staff from the previous school and new staff recruited to the academy. Transferred staff remain protected by their exiting terms and conditions of employment for a certain amount of time while new staff are immediately subject to the academy’s rules.

Voice. Sound advice from the union for education professionals – teaching, childcare and support staff and students.

Further information:

Voice’s Policy on academies

Comment on academies

Information sheet: Academies Act 2010: information for members and Voice’s policy

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations: (TUPE) (What happens to staff when a school becomes an Academy)

DfE: Academy status




see for full details of all schools that have registered an interest in Academy Status.

Four schools in Lewisham are have registered an interest in becoming an academy:

Brindishe Primary School, Lee

Fairlawn Primary School, Forest Hill
Grinling Gibbons Primary School, Deptford
Tidemill Primary School, Deptford


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