Community marches against school privatisation

Piers Mostyn reports on a very successful demonstration against the government’s bid to forcefully privatise four local primary schools against the opposition of teachers, parents and governors.

It wound its way through Haringey from Downhills Primary School on Saturday January 28. The thousand marchers stopped traffic and made a big impact on the crowded Wood Green Shopping City. Dozens of children carried balloons and hand made placards with slogans including “save our school” and “we love our school”, “40 languages”, “my school is not for sale” and so on. Members of at least ten NUT branches from across the capital marched with their banners.
The closing rally outside the civic centre was addressed by NUT rep Julie Davis, a Unison rep, Downhills parent activist Karen Jacobs and NUT Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney. Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove was told in no uncertain terms that Haringey schools were not for sale.

The fight goes on.

  1. Gove is clearly rattled by the strength of opposition. Having denounced the parents,teachers, headteachers, governors and children opposing his attempts to privatise their schools as “bigots” and “the enemies of hope” in December, at this morning’s House of Commons Education Select Committee he accused it of being a “trot campaign”.

    Apparently it is at

    I understand there has been a robust response from campaigners on twitter @Save_Downhills

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