Louise Baldry moved the following motion on the topic of Academies at the General Meeting on the 7th September. After debate members unanimously voted to supporty the motion. The motion is now Broadland CLP policy and has been submitted as Broadland CLP motion to the Labour Party Eastern Regional Conference.
Academisation – motion for Regional Conference 2019
Conference notes that regional conference 2017 called upon the Region’s MPs and Councillors to monitor the role of the Regional Schools Commissioner East of England and its impact on our local schools and to report back to the Regional Board.
Regional Conference 2018 agreed to support a motion for:
- Labour’s East of England MPs to question the government’s regulations into the use of taxpayers’ money in academies.
- Promote proper accountability of finances in schools within local authorities where Education belongs.
- Support UNISON’s call for an inquiry.
Conference now calls on the Regional Director to publish the findings and details of action taken.
Conference further notes that Labour Party Conference 2018 agreed that:
“the Labour Party should adopt a more robust policy of opposition to the continuing academisation of schools, especially our Primary schools.
“Conference notes that there are many local campaigns of opposition to the academisation programme involving parents, teachers and local community activists and believes Labour should offer support and encouragement to these activists in resisting academisation in line with our commitment to community organising.”
This Conference therefore calls on the incoming Regional Executive Committee to mount a more vigorous campaign of opposition in support of local CLPs, parents and teachers and to produce regular reports following each meeting of the Regional Executive Committee.