Lies, Damned Lies and Academies (2014)

Lies, Damned Lies and Academies follows the brilliant campaign fought by parents and teachers against the imposition of forced academy status on Downhills primary school in Haringey. The show combines video footage, songs, music and story telling to expose Michael Gove’s attempt to sack the democratically elected Downhills school governing body, remove local authority control and impose academy status under the auspices of Lord Harris of Peckham, boss of Carpetright and owner of the Harris Academy chain. 

Banner’s latest production asks the big question about what kind of education system we want for our children: One that teaches children to think and question the world they live in, or one that subjugates their needs to the requirements of big business?

The production was financially supported by the NUT.