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Adjournment debate

On 12 January 2012, Labour MP David Lammy led an adjournment debate on the academy status of Haringey primary schools.

Mr Lammy is concerned that four schools in his constituency are being "forced" out of council control, with academy status imposed on them.

Mr Lammy is a former pupil of one of the schools concerned, Downhills, and he says a "one size fits all" solution will not improve standards and that bringing in privately-run schools will make them less accountable and divide the community.

The borough is a key battleground in government attempts to reform failing schools by turning them into semi-independent academies, privately run under new leadership.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said last week that those who object to the strategy are "enemies of promise" and were denying children a better future.

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