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Clash over future of seven primary schools in Kent

Parents and headteachers are at loggerheads over the future of seven Primary Schools in Deal.

A proposal has been made to turn the schools into academies and run them as a multi-academy trust.

Sandown, Hornbeam, The Downs, Deal Parochial, Northbourne, Sholden, and Kingsdown and Ringwould primary schools would be run under the umbrella of one super-trust.

Headteachers say the plans to switch from local authority to government funding would allow them to make efficiencies in a cash strapped environment.

But a group of parents has called a series public meetings to oppose the plans, because they fear the changes would be for the worse.

Footage above includes parent Andrew Bull, Christine Dickenson of the National Education Union and education expert Peter Read.