The government wants schools, colleges and universities to be run for-profit. Ministers are currently in talks with large multi-national companies and private equity firms – including those who have a very bad track record for delivering education in other countries.
Education – not for sale is bringing together unions, educators, learners and communities to campaign against the privatisation of our education system. We think pupils and students should be put first not shareholders.
Our state education system is one of the UK’s great success stories with test and exam performance improving every year. Help us to protect it.
The case for state education
State education is one of the UK’s success stories. For every excellent academy mentioned by ministers, there is an equally excellent state school which has stayed in the local ‘family’. Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest boroughs in the country, has schools working together, achieving results significantly above the national average. The borough has just two academies. The UK continues to punch above its weight in further and higher education, with universities and colleges generating billions for the economy every year despite being asked to do more with less funding. Our public education system is not broken. With sensible government oversight, enabling professionals to get on with their jobs, it can continue to thrive. Instead, the government is dismantling the state education system as we know it. Public money which should be used to educate our children is being diverted into the hands of shareholders and highly paid chief executives.
How can our education system be protected?
Systems for managing schools, including academies and free schools, should follow the Nolan principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.