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YouTube: Crest Boys Academy Strike
Wednesday 21 April 2010: All three teaching unions, the NUT, ATL and NASUWT, united in the Crest Boys Academy Strike in Neasden, north-west London.
Academy sponsor E-ACT is forcing through redundancies at the school, claiming a lack of budget funds is causing the redundancies.
This claim came as E-ACT staff blew the whistle on director Bruce Liddington’s expenses, on top of his £265,000 annnual salary.
Coming some three years since the beginning of my coverage of the campaigns against the Academy school system
, which culminated in the 30-minute documentary Tent City Occupation
, this short film
confirms many of the initial fears that led those campaigns. Academy school sponsors are considered private interests, despite being funded by the tax-payer, and are thus exempt from the Freedom of Information Act
. This leaves all Academy sponsors devoid of public scrutiny and investigation.
Liddington, former schools commissioner for Labour and staunch pro-Academy advocate, replaced E-ACT director Lord Bhatia following a £70,000 hole in the funds of the then titled Edutrust.