Parents are challenging government policy on everything from Academisation, holidays in term time, SATs and more. Pictures of pupils bearing banners with messages to Nicky Morgan fills me with despair. The challenge may well be justified but to encourage our young people to think that school is a poor offer, is so damaging. I doubt that these youngsters understand the difference between LA controlled schools and Academies - school is school.
Education is a privilege and whilst we parents should strive to have a voice for the better good of our children, let's leave them off the battle front and encourage them to adopt a sense of calm determination to succeed and to grasp every opportunity.
Children protesting just dilutes the real message.
There have been campaigns against academies since the policy of freeing schools from local authority control was launched by New Labour, and the Anti-Academies Alliance has been around for 10 years. But the government’s latest push, signalled by its schools white paper in March – combined with evidence of poor performance at some multi-academy trusts and publicity surrounding high salaries and financial irregularities – has led to a renewed surge of activism.