|Cllr Mili Patel|
If academisation were to go ahead it would mean special education in Brent was outside local authority oversight.
In a statement to the Morning Star yesterday she said:
The Village School and Woodfield School have worked in partnership for some time.
The education policies of the Tory government - including a 2.7billion cut to the schools budget and barriers to schools partnering up in any way that doesn't involve them becoming academies - have led to the Village School governors considering joining the same multi-academy trust as Woodfield. This is something most of the governors themselves would tell you they never thought they would be considering.
As a Labour Council we do not want them to take this step and I have been working hard to demonstrate the advantages of staying within the Brent school of families [sic 'family of schools'] to its governors.
It is encouraging the governors have taken this important decision out to consultation which will give local people the chance to demonstrate the strength of feeling there is in Brent against these plans.
The educational needs of children with learning difficulties is to challenging and important to leave to either well- meaning amateurs or business professionals. All the evidence of privatisation, even to a non-business body puts these children at risk. They must stay under local authority control
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