By Harry Phibbs
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Along with hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, we have the Easter tradition of the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers. After decades of hegemony this is an organisation which has experienced the most remarkable setbacks since Michael Gove became the Education Secretary three years ago.
The conference agenda for their gathering in Liverpool suggests a degree of bafflement over how their world has been rocked.
One motion starts by noting:
Despite the motions passed in previous years, academies are continuing to increase in number across the country.
It also notes:
Previous attempts to widen strike action to nearby Local Authority schools affected by academy conversion, on the basis that the LA’s ability to support schools would be compromised, have not materialised.