Say NO to the Schools Bill

Get involved and make some noise

Everyone is needed to make this big enough to stop this dangerous Bill. Talk to friends and family, share links to the site, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, tag us in posts, retweet, follow the organisations listed on the site. If there are resources you need let us know. Talk to your MP, sign the parent petition (at bottom of page).

Many of those who will be most impacted by the Schools Bill – and the organisations which work with them –  are not aware of what this legislation includes. This needs to change. The Schools Bill is currently paused although meetings on it continue in both the Department for Education and the House of Lords continues, and there has been talk of the ‘Schools Act’ at meetings our supporters have attended. We know that even if this bill is pulled that there will be replacement legislation including these measures. The government are planning on legislation that they can push through in the next two years, anything we can do to make this more difficult could help stop this. So now is the time to make some noise, to tell the government that we are watching, that we won’t let them do this to our children.

Speak to your MP in person
Meeting your MP in person will have the biggest impact. You can find out their constituency office contact details here and ask when their constituency meeting times are. You don’t have to go alone.

Write to your MP

  • Find your MP and their contact details here
    Or use Write to Them
  • What to say?
    Your email doesn’t need to be formal.
    You don’t need to know everything about the Schools Bill – it is a huge and complicated Bill. Just talk to them about your concerns. 
    Tell them why you are concerned. If it will impact you personally tell them a bit about your circumstances or experience. You might want to use quotes from the many experts and organisations who have spoken out about the Schools Bill (see the post below for easy to copy and paste quotes).

Tag your MP on Twitter
You can find your MP and if they use Twitter you can find their Twitter handle here
You can tag any MP that you like on Twitter.

Spread the word
Use your available networks – friends, family, groups you’re part of – and reach out to make others aware of what is happening.

Share on social media, there’s lots of images and quotes to make that easier. Plus, personal messages and talking to people in person can be hugely effective too.

Easy to copy and paste quotes

Easy to copy and paste quotes

You might find the following helpful to use in writing to your MP, to show the opposition to the Schools Bill. Quotations from No to Schools Bill supporters. Eileen Munro, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy“The Schools Bill increases State surveillance of children...

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“I think [writing to MPs] has surprisingly more impact than people think. Often when we’re lobbying MPs they’ll say – I just don’t have emails in my inbox about this.”

Silkie Carlo, Big Brother Watch director

 

Is your MP engaged on human rights and civil liberties?
MPs who do are more likely to be open to understanding why the Schools Bill must be stopped. MPs who signed up to the Big Brother Watch Boycott COVID passes pledge should be open to our arguments.

 

Is your MP Conservative?
Traditionally the Conservative Party were a party that campaigned against big State overstep like this although their current policies are clearly deeply at odds with this traditional stance.

Conservatives spoke out against ContactPoint. As Eileen Munro has said, “I can’t believe we are back in the same place as ContactPoint, having to have the same fight again.”

Michael Gove put it well when he said’ “ContactPoint can never be secure. We are taking this action because we are determined to protect vulnerable children from abuse, ContactPoint would increase that risk. The government has proved that it cannot be trusted to set up large databases, and cannot promise that inappropriate people would not be able to access the database, It would be irresponsible to implement something that is such a danger to our children. After all the problems we have with this government losing sensitive data we need to do things differently. We need to invest in people. Strengthening relationships, not building another Big Brother system.”

These reasons are still valid today.

 

Sign the Change.org parents’ petition

Signatures and rising

Add your name to this petition to say no to schools fines and to Stop the Schools Bill. Started by Susan Liverman and Maddie Roberts, two mums with autistic children who struggled going to school they highlight how cruel and counterproductive it is to punish families in this position.

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