Copland community school in Wembley, North London, is facing the same future as thousands of other schools across the country, a private interest wants to turn the school into an academy.
Supported by parent and pupils, teachers took strike action that saw all three teaching unions united to oppose the takeover by academy sponsor ARK and stop the compulsory staff redundancies.
Copland: The Education Sell-off is a tale of one school that lays bare the cronyism of private education interest figureheads that helped fund the political campaigns of the current coalition government and now hold positions in the cabinet and House of Lords, on the Department for Education board and are running the political think tanks influencing academy and free-school policy.
This film features scenes from the 2008 Wembley Park Action Group (WPAG) campaign to save a local sports ground that became one of the longest running campaign against an Academy school in the country. The campaign became the 2010 film Tent City Occupation.
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Saturday 21 June 2014: 50,000 people marched through London to protest against austerity and the ruling coalition government.
The BBC was heavily criticised for not covering the largest anti-government demonstration for several years. It did however start coverage from 8pm that evening, but not before a deluge of social media condemnation of the publicly funded institution from across the globe.
Placards and banners highlighted a myriad of issues from tax avoidance and evasion to the bedroom tax and welfare cuts, education and NHS privatisation to calls for an end to the funding off the Trident nuclear weapons program.
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