Lib Dems: ducking the Academies issue

Submitted by Matthew on 29 April, 2010 - 12:17

Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems supports the Academy school system. It seems he is not confident enough in his support to find out what one group of teachers at an Academy think of working at their school.

On 21 April Clegg was due to visit Crest Boys’ Academy in Brent. But his visit was cancelled.

We don’t know why... but perhaps it was because the majority of teaching staff at Crest Boys’ Academy were on strike over redundancies.

The school is run by E-Act (previously Edutrust) a so-called “social enterprise” company. These redundancies are happening at a time when E-Act’s Chief Executive, Sir Bruce Liddington, is drawing a salary and bonuses approaching £300,000 per year. And according to the teaching union the company’s top executives have been staying in luxury £300 a night suites in hotels, and taking £250 pound taxi rides — all financed by public money.

Shane Johnschwager, Brent NASUWT Secretary, said “If [Nick Clegg] is really interested in seeing what is happening in these schools he should have come down to the demonstration and met the hard-working teachers forced into taking strike action by E-Act.”

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