Protesters gather to send message to Michael Gove

Michael Gove poses with headteacher Richard Cairns and students from Brighton College

Protesters gather to send message to Michael Gove

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Protesters gathered outside a school as it hosted a conference featuring the Secretary of State for Education.

Michael Gove spoke about state and public schools at the 17th Annual Education Conference at Brighton College yesterday.

Campaigners from Unison, Left Unity and Hands Off Hove Park gathered outside the gates of the school, demonstrating against “back door privatisation”.

The other speakers at the conference were former president of the FIA Max Mosley, former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, historian and author Anne Applebaum and professor of government Anthony King.

Mr Gove discussed the current debate around the proposals for Hove Park School to become an academy, saying he had faith in the headteacher to make the best decision.

He said: “At Hove Park there is a headteacher who has dramatically improved the performance of the school academically. It is his judgement that the school would benefit if it went for academy status and that decision will be for the governors to take.”

Vocal protesters gathered in the rain to show their support for Hove Park School remaining a local authority school.

Alex Knutsen, Unison Brighton and Hove branch secretary, said: “Our education is not for sale. We will fight the attempts to make an academy out of Hove Park every step of the way.

“It is an outstanding school that should stay in the local authority.”

Bella Wheeler, who has a child in Year 7 at Hove Park , said: “We think schools should stay in local hands.

“Handing schools over to sponsorship is essentially back door privatisation and our children’s education will suffer as a result.”

Mr Gove praised Mr Cairns’ decision to make history compulsory, however he said it would be difficult to mandate such a change from central Government.

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12:07pm Fri 9 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

"Vocal protesters "

So they basically turned up to shout.

Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?
"Vocal protesters " So they basically turned up to shout. Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -13

12:33pm Fri 9 May 14

kemptown mum says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
"Vocal protesters "

So they basically turned up to shout.

Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?
I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer.
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: "Vocal protesters " So they basically turned up to shout. Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?[/p][/quote]I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer. kemptown mum
  • Score: 22

12:37pm Fri 9 May 14

Quiterie says...

Max Mosley - sado-masochistic games with five sex workers.

Jonathan Aitken - 18 month jail sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Michael Gove - Paid back £7,000 for fiddling his expenses.

Great role models to speak about our children's education!!!!
Max Mosley - sado-masochistic games with five sex workers. Jonathan Aitken - 18 month jail sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice. Michael Gove - Paid back £7,000 for fiddling his expenses. Great role models to speak about our children's education!!!! Quiterie
  • Score: 26

1:51pm Fri 9 May 14

s&k says...

The great Tory education swindle. Would you buy a used school off this man?
The great Tory education swindle. Would you buy a used school off this man? s&k
  • Score: 12

2:54pm Fri 9 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

kemptown mum wrote:
ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
"Vocal protesters "

So they basically turned up to shout.

Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?
I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer.
So what do you think shouting will achieve that letter-writing won't?
[quote][p][bold]kemptown mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: "Vocal protesters " So they basically turned up to shout. Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?[/p][/quote]I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer.[/p][/quote]So what do you think shouting will achieve that letter-writing won't? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -7

3:28pm Fri 9 May 14

Mrs Newcastle says...

s&k wrote:
The great Tory education swindle. Would you buy a used school off this man?
I have always wondered if he has one of these adults with undiagnosed Autism / Aspergers syndrome and that he missed out of having an educational that would of supported his special needs which would of improved his social and communication skills.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: The great Tory education swindle. Would you buy a used school off this man?[/p][/quote]I have always wondered if he has one of these adults with undiagnosed Autism / Aspergers syndrome and that he missed out of having an educational that would of supported his special needs which would of improved his social and communication skills. Mrs Newcastle
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Fri 9 May 14

HJarrs says...

Free school policy is in chaos and combined with accadamies that are already part privitised, the education policy is a shambles. It all reminds me of the disaster of bus privatisation, which started as a mess and has led to a few local monopoly suppliers with hidden public subsidy. The NHS is in an even worse state.

If you care about your services, vote out the Tories.
Free school policy is in chaos and combined with accadamies that are already part privitised, the education policy is a shambles. It all reminds me of the disaster of bus privatisation, which started as a mess and has led to a few local monopoly suppliers with hidden public subsidy. The NHS is in an even worse state. If you care about your services, vote out the Tories. HJarrs
  • Score: 6

4:42pm Fri 9 May 14

kemptown mum says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
kemptown mum wrote:
ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
"Vocal protesters "

So they basically turned up to shout.

Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?
I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer.
So what do you think shouting will achieve that letter-writing won't?
An article in the Argus
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kemptown mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: "Vocal protesters " So they basically turned up to shout. Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?[/p][/quote]I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer.[/p][/quote]So what do you think shouting will achieve that letter-writing won't?[/p][/quote]An article in the Argus kemptown mum
  • Score: 7

4:44pm Fri 9 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

http://www.theargus.
co.uk/opinion/letter
s/11183137.For_and_a
gainst__claims_about
_academies/
http://www.theargus. co.uk/opinion/letter s/11183137.For_and_a gainst__claims_about _academies/ ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -1

4:46pm Fri 9 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

kemptown mum wrote:
ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
kemptown mum wrote:
ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
"Vocal protesters "

So they basically turned up to shout.

Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?
I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer.
So what do you think shouting will achieve that letter-writing won't?
An article in the Argus
So The Argus has never had any discussions on Hove Park School until people started shouting?

Utter nonsense.......searc
h it!

And what has having those articles in The Argus achieved?
[quote][p][bold]kemptown mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kemptown mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: "Vocal protesters " So they basically turned up to shout. Have none of them mastered the art of letter-writing?[/p][/quote]I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, instead of sitting at home and complaining from the privacy of their computer.[/p][/quote]So what do you think shouting will achieve that letter-writing won't?[/p][/quote]An article in the Argus[/p][/quote]So The Argus has never had any discussions on Hove Park School until people started shouting? Utter nonsense.......searc h it! And what has having those articles in The Argus achieved? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Fri 9 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

"I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, "

Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school.
"I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, " Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -10

5:16pm Fri 9 May 14

Quiterie says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
"I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, "

Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school.
What funding? There is no extra funding for academies. There used to be, but not now. The government has made this very clear.
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: "I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, " Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school.[/p][/quote]What funding? There is no extra funding for academies. There used to be, but not now. The government has made this very clear. Quiterie
  • Score: 9

5:29pm Fri 9 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Quiterie wrote:
ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
"I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, "

Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school.
What funding? There is no extra funding for academies. There used to be, but not now. The government has made this very clear.
Funny how the government states:

"Academies receive the same level of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the local authority as a maintained school, plus additions to cover the services that are no longer provided for them by the local authority. "
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: "I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, " Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school.[/p][/quote]What funding? There is no extra funding for academies. There used to be, but not now. The government has made this very clear.[/p][/quote]Funny how the government states: "Academies receive the same level of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the local authority as a maintained school, plus additions to cover the services that are no longer provided for them by the local authority. " ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -5

6:46pm Fri 9 May 14

BlackRocker says...

HJarrs wrote:
Free school policy is in chaos and combined with accadamies that are already part privitised, the education policy is a shambles. It all reminds me of the disaster of bus privatisation, which started as a mess and has led to a few local monopoly suppliers with hidden public subsidy. The NHS is in an even worse state.

If you care about your services, vote out the Tories.
"academies; privitised"
Where were you educated?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Free school policy is in chaos and combined with accadamies that are already part privitised, the education policy is a shambles. It all reminds me of the disaster of bus privatisation, which started as a mess and has led to a few local monopoly suppliers with hidden public subsidy. The NHS is in an even worse state. If you care about your services, vote out the Tories.[/p][/quote]"academies; privitised" Where were you educated? BlackRocker
  • Score: 1

8:33pm Fri 9 May 14

Quiterie says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
"I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, "

Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school.
What funding? There is no extra funding for academies. There used to be, but not now. The government has made this very clear.
Funny how the government states:

"Academies receive the same level of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the local authority as a maintained school, plus additions to cover the services that are no longer provided for them by the local authority. "
Exactly. So they now have to pay directly for the services that were previously provided by the local authority. No extra funding. The same funding just gets allocated to each school through a slightly different channel. But academies have to deal with a lot more administration than they did before. The government covers this initial additional admin, but not the ongoing costs.
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: "I for one am glad that people care enough about the covert privatisation of our children's education to get out of bed and object to Gove's regressive policies, " Please explain what is 'regressive' about securing funding for a school.[/p][/quote]What funding? There is no extra funding for academies. There used to be, but not now. The government has made this very clear.[/p][/quote]Funny how the government states: "Academies receive the same level of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the local authority as a maintained school, plus additions to cover the services that are no longer provided for them by the local authority. "[/p][/quote]Exactly. So they now have to pay directly for the services that were previously provided by the local authority. No extra funding. The same funding just gets allocated to each school through a slightly different channel. But academies have to deal with a lot more administration than they did before. The government covers this initial additional admin, but not the ongoing costs. Quiterie
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Fri 9 May 14

ourcoalition says...

For the record, as I was there.......no shouting, simply handing out an A4 leaflet, putting the case against Academy's and Free Schools, and the lack of any logic in turning Hove Park into an Academy.

The object of the "lobby" was to communicate (without shouting) and to say that there are many people in the City who are against these experiments with our children's education. And the fact that despite the pouring rain, we will take every opportunity to put the case for keeping schools under democratic (not direct Government) control.

And, just to repeat, there was no shouting.....!
For the record, as I was there.......no shouting, simply handing out an A4 leaflet, putting the case against Academy's and Free Schools, and the lack of any logic in turning Hove Park into an Academy. The object of the "lobby" was to communicate (without shouting) and to say that there are many people in the City who are against these experiments with our children's education. And the fact that despite the pouring rain, we will take every opportunity to put the case for keeping schools under democratic (not direct Government) control. And, just to repeat, there was no shouting.....! ourcoalition
  • Score: 2

12:08am Sat 10 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

ourcoalition wrote:
For the record, as I was there.......no shouting, simply handing out an A4 leaflet, putting the case against Academy's and Free Schools, and the lack of any logic in turning Hove Park into an Academy.

The object of the "lobby" was to communicate (without shouting) and to say that there are many people in the City who are against these experiments with our children's education. And the fact that despite the pouring rain, we will take every opportunity to put the case for keeping schools under democratic (not direct Government) control.

And, just to repeat, there was no shouting.....!
So The Argus reporter lied when claiming you were 'vocal'?

To whom were you communicating, and why did you have to turn up in person to do that communicating?

It's funny, but whenever I see parents complaining, it's about reforms that force their little darlings to actually learn something.

Over to you ;-)
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: For the record, as I was there.......no shouting, simply handing out an A4 leaflet, putting the case against Academy's and Free Schools, and the lack of any logic in turning Hove Park into an Academy. The object of the "lobby" was to communicate (without shouting) and to say that there are many people in the City who are against these experiments with our children's education. And the fact that despite the pouring rain, we will take every opportunity to put the case for keeping schools under democratic (not direct Government) control. And, just to repeat, there was no shouting.....![/p][/quote]So The Argus reporter lied when claiming you were 'vocal'? To whom were you communicating, and why did you have to turn up in person to do that communicating? It's funny, but whenever I see parents complaining, it's about reforms that force their little darlings to actually learn something. Over to you ;-) ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -1

7:26am Sat 10 May 14

Quiterie says...

What is your problem? Why do you keep making the same point over and over again. Who cares if they were "shouting" or not? It doesn't matter. They're protesting about something they feel passionately about. I don't have strong opinions either way, but I respect people's right to protest about whatever they like.
What is your problem? Why do you keep making the same point over and over again. Who cares if they were "shouting" or not? It doesn't matter. They're protesting about something they feel passionately about. I don't have strong opinions either way, but I respect people's right to protest about whatever they like. Quiterie
  • Score: 3

12:25pm Sun 11 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Quiterie wrote:
What is your problem? Why do you keep making the same point over and over again. Who cares if they were "shouting" or not? It doesn't matter. They're protesting about something they feel passionately about. I don't have strong opinions either way, but I respect people's right to protest about whatever they like.
I have a right to respond to direct comments, yes?

So I will.

You're welcome.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: What is your problem? Why do you keep making the same point over and over again. Who cares if they were "shouting" or not? It doesn't matter. They're protesting about something they feel passionately about. I don't have strong opinions either way, but I respect people's right to protest about whatever they like.[/p][/quote]I have a right to respond to direct comments, yes? So I will. You're welcome. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Sun 11 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

" I respect people's right to protest about whatever they like."

Clearly, you don't.
" I respect people's right to protest about whatever they like." Clearly, you don't. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Sun 11 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

ourcoalition wrote:
For the record, as I was there.......no shouting, simply handing out an A4 leaflet, putting the case against Academy's and Free Schools, and the lack of any logic in turning Hove Park into an Academy.

The object of the "lobby" was to communicate (without shouting) and to say that there are many people in the City who are against these experiments with our children's education. And the fact that despite the pouring rain, we will take every opportunity to put the case for keeping schools under democratic (not direct Government) control.

And, just to repeat, there was no shouting.....!
So The Argus lied by describing you as 'vocal'?

OED vocal "Expressing opinions or feelings freely or loudly"
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: For the record, as I was there.......no shouting, simply handing out an A4 leaflet, putting the case against Academy's and Free Schools, and the lack of any logic in turning Hove Park into an Academy. The object of the "lobby" was to communicate (without shouting) and to say that there are many people in the City who are against these experiments with our children's education. And the fact that despite the pouring rain, we will take every opportunity to put the case for keeping schools under democratic (not direct Government) control. And, just to repeat, there was no shouting.....![/p][/quote]So The Argus lied by describing you as 'vocal'? OED vocal "Expressing opinions or feelings freely or loudly" ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

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