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Avenue School Strikes Against Academisation
Over 50 staff at Avenue Primary School, Meanley Road, E12 6AR in Manor Park, Newham will be on strike on Wednesday, 29th November. Teachers, learning support assistants and office staff will all walk out as part of the campaign to save their school from being taken over by the EKO Multi-Academy Trust.
Academisation undermines the pay, conditions and job security of all school staff. It also breaks the link between local authorities and schools and ends any accountability between the school and its parents.
Avenue parents are fully behind the staff and because they want to see Avenue remain as a community school, maintained by Newham Council.
Avenue is a good school, academising it is neither necessary nor needed. It will do nothing to improve education standards
Avenue’s National Education Union school representative, Louise Cuffaro, said:
“Avenue Primary School is a good school. There is every reason to stay as a Local Authority Community School and absolutely no reason to hand over our school building and land to a Multi Academy Trust who have no connection or interest in the local community and the children who attend or will attend our school in the future. Those same trustees would be in charge of staff pay and conditions and as we know from the experience of staff in other Academies our pay and conditions won’t be maintained. The number of LSAs will be cut, experienced teachers will be forced out and be replaced by cheaper staff all to the detriment of the education of the children. We don’t want to strike but feel forced to as our employer won’t listen to us and our views against academisation are being ignored.”
For more information contact NEU Regional Secretary, Martin Powell-Davies, on 07946 445488.