Good news... yesterday evening I received an email from the Conference Arrangements Committee saying that the motion debated and agreed at the General meeting on 8th September has been accepted as a contemporary motion.
“The Conference Arrangements Committee met earlier today to consider the contemporary motions submitted by CLPs and affiliates. I am pleased to inform you that the CAC decided that the motion submitted by your organisation is contemporary and will go forward to the Priorities Ballot on Sunday 23 September at Conference.”
Should we get in the top 4 of the priorities ballot our delegate, Marianne, will need to meet those with similar motions and thrash out a composite to be debated at conference. Marianne may even have the honour of moving such a composite motion. Many a step before we get there though.
The motion as agreed at the general meeting was:
- The report in the Times Educational Supplement on 10 August that Academy heads in Kent are refusing to accept looked-after children into their schools.
- That this is symptomatic of the regressive nature of the unaccountable, inefficient academisation programme that is continuing apace across England.
- That the majority of secondary schools are now academies or are part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) but two thirds of primary schools still remain under Local Authority control.
- That academisation is incompatible with an egalitarian and democratic education system serving the many, not the few.
Conference welcomes Labour’s commitment to ensure that all schools will be taken back under local democratic control under a Labour Government; and applauds those Labour controlled authorities who have resisted academisation; but believes 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.
Conference agrees that in government, the Labour Party will bring all schools back under local democratic control, abolishing Academy Trusts including all Multi Academy Trusts, and that therefore proposals to wind up MATs and turn over control and management of their schools to local democratically controlled structures should be developed urgently.