Passage of the Education and Adoption Bill

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14 December 2015
The Education and Adoption Bill is now an Act having finished its passage through Parliament in February.

Despite strong support from Labour and Lib Dem MPs and Peers for amendments to the bill, now it is law, it will severely limit the involvement of teachers, parents and governors in determining the future of their school.

ATL worked closely with NUT, NAHT, Unison, the National Governors Association and the Catholic Education Service to raise concerns with MPs and peers about the bill's removal of an important layer of democracy which will see 'failing' schools and a new category of 'coasting' schools forcibly turned by the government into sponsored academies – without consultation with the school, its governors or its community and without the chance for the school to choose a sponsor or know anything about their given sponsor's performance.

The Government's White Paper from March 2016 poses a greater threat to England's schools with plans to force the remaining 17,000 non-academy schools in multi-academy trusts. Find out more about the White Paper and ATL's response.

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