This week, Salford Star has received an anonymous letter, obviously from someone well placed within Oasis Academy MediaCityUK, formerly Hope High School. It contains a whole string of allegations about the school's management, including bullying of staff, profiteering by the school sponsor, exam corruption and sexism.
We can't prove whether any of it is true because academies appear to be a law unto themselves. Outside of local council control, and - we found out this week - outside of the control of the Charities Commission (even though a charity), it's virtually impossible to hold these schools to account. Yet they receive vast amounts of public money.
The North West Anti Academies Conference, to be held at the Mechanic's Institute in Manchester on 26th November, will hopefully allow people to share experiences of both opposing the schools and working within them.
Speakers include MP Lisa Nandy, children's author Alan Gibbons, Steve Farley chair of North West TUC, Alastair Smith from the Anti Academies Alliance and Sarah Dodds from Louth Save Our Schools. Meanwhile, workshops include `Exposing the myths of academies' and `Consequences for the school workforce'. The Conference is backed by a whole mass of teaching and public sector trade unions.
North West Anti Academies Conference
Saturday 26th November 10am-2pm
Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD
Register online at www.antiacademies.org.uk/426 and for more info see www.antiacademies.org.uk
See Salford Star articles on Oasis Academy MediaCityUK
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• Teachers To Strike – click here