I am running a campaign at the moment to try and prevent the merger of five of our local Louth primary schools into a single academy.
However, four weeks in and I am realising that I have more of a campaign on my hands than I thought, for the following reasons:-
a) Lincolnshire is a Tory run county council. CfBT run the Schools Improvement Service for the local authority, and they are also looking to become a major academy sponsor. They have already held one meeting to which all of the county primary heads and governing chairs were invited to discuss schools becoming CfBT academies en masse. Ninety schools were represented. Another meeting is being planned, as this one was oversubscribed.
b) I have had four seperate head teachers tell me that although they do not support academies, they are having to look at converting because there will not be a LA left. One head has told me that the political will at the top of the LA is for all schools to convert as soons as possible. Gove promised that headteachers would not have to convert against their will. Well, they are doing. And I can't think of any way of stopping it other than for the heads to feel empowered by teacher and parental protest to stand for what they know to be right educationally.
c) Because of the political and educational loss of will to live from the local authority, the CE diocese has decided to try and break away as an academy sponsor to halt their schools becoming commercialised. If this goes ahead (and I am sympathetic to the reasons why they would do this) we will lose over 140 schools from local authority control in one go.
d) We already have over 20 schools in Lincolnshire already converted or seeking conversion.
Now Lincolnshire is not known as a hot bed of radicalism! I know the odds are stacked against me here. BUT I am trying very hard to mount a county wide campaign with the help of the AAA and NUT. Can I beg and plead that if anyone else in the county is reading this that they contact me through this site. Even if the schools around you in Lincolnshire are not converting yet, I think they soon will be.