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Respect denounces plans to make St Paul’s Way Community School a “trust” school

October 7, 2009

“This is privatisation by any other name,” commented Councillor Abjol Miah, leader of the Respect Group on Tower Hamlets council, in response to the proposals from the council for the school to become a “trust” school.

“The majority of governors for a trust school will be appointed by this unaccountable ‘Trust’ with only one governor elected by the parents. It will have its own admissions policy and be quite independent of the local authority. In fact, it looks very much like an Academy. This will remove the school from local accountability.”

“The school is having major publicly-funded investment at the moment to ensure the pupils get the best standard of education. It is quite wrong now to propose to hand this over to a private and unaccountable body,” said Councillor Dulal Uddin, Respect deputy leader. “Labour does not seem to have learned the lessons of the disastrous housing choice privatisation of the council’s housing stock. We don’t need privatisation, we need good quality teaching from a dedicated staff and a commitment to invest in education in this most deprived area which St Paul’s serves.”

The council is currently carrying out a ‘consultation’ exercise over Trust status which is due to end on 26th October which is heavily biased towards persuading parents to accept the change. It is strongly opposed by the National Union of Teachers nationally and locally.

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