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SEA Meeting | Labour Party Conference Fringe

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Date & Time: Sunday September 26th, 4:00pm
Venue: Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel (Tyne Room)

Join us for afternoon tea at and find out why it’s time for Labour to pledge to bring back our schools under local democratic control.

Baroness Blower (Labour Peer)


Diane Reay (Professor of Education, Cambridge University)

John McDonnell MP (SEA Member)

Kim Johnson MP (Commons Education Select Committee)

Kevin Courtney (Joint General Secretary, NEU)

Julia Voce (Moulscomb School Campaign Against Forced Academisation)

James Whiting (General Secretary SEA)

Kate Green MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Invited)

Visit our official Facebook Event created especially for our fringe meeting to RSVP as “Interested” or “Going”.


The Tory government is trying to make all schools join Multi-Academy Trusts. (MATS). On joining a MAT a school loses its autonomy and its links with the local community. It’s no longer a separate school but becomes a branch of the MAT; just like a local branch of Tesco is not an independent shop. Elected governors representing parents and staff are stood down, and replaced with handpicked advisory boards or not replaced at all. Locally elected councillors have no say in how MATS work in their area.

MATS and the academisation programme are essential to the delivery of the Tories’ education project. They are accountable to no-one. Chief Executive officers of MATS, earning up to £450,000 a year, have been drafted in by the DFE to advise on the curriculum, assessment, catch up programmes, initial teacher training and to help OFSTED. Instead of universities, MATS are about to take over the running of teacher training which will cover little more than behaviour management and knowledge delivery. New teachers will not consider the development of the child or what kind of education learners should receive.

The Give Us Back Our Schools Campaign run by the Socialist Educational Association (SEA), believes that bringing all publicly funded educational services back under democratic oversight is key to making education work for everyone. We can’t shape the curriculum or the testing regime properly; we can’t guarantee every child is taught by a qualified teacher; we can’t ensure the needs of SEND pupils are suitably met; we can’t even guarantee every child has a place at good local school until we bring schools back into a transparent system of local democratic control.

We want to replace the current competition for pupils and funding and ensure all pupils across a community have a stimulating educational experience which recognises the achievements of all and prepares learners for life in the modern world. All schools and colleges should be accountable to the communities they serve. Parents, staff and students, with local councils should have a say in how they’re run. Join us if you agree with our aims and persuade your union branch, parents’ group or local Labour Party to adopt our aims too.