Opposing forced academies
UNISON believes in good, local schools that work together to improve educational standards for all and are accountable to their local communities
This is why we are opposed to the government’s academies and free schools programme. Academies are funded by taxpayer but with little accountability to the community.
UNISON is supporting branches and regions opposing the conversion of maintained schools to academies, working with other unions, parents, communities and other appropriate organisations such as the Anti Academies Alliance and the Local Schools Network. Both of these organisations have resources you can use to support local campaigns.
Our joint union campaign pack contains resources to help you campaign against the conversion of your local school to an academy. This pack includes:
- model resolution for school governing body
- letter to parents and staff
- model petition
- frequently asked questions for staff and parents
This pack will shortly be updated in light of the government’s announcement that it will force all schools to become academies by 2022 and to reflect the Education and Adoption Bill which, unfortunately, has just passed Parliament despite our lobbying. In the meantime, branches will be able to adapt this pack locally.
As well as campaigning to oppose the government’s academies programme UNISON is also totally committed to recruitment and organising in academy schools to defend the interests of support staff members. See our Key Issue page on the forced conversion of schools to academies to access model resources for organising in local academies.