Report from Opposing Academies Meeting for parents and teachers of Avenue Primary School

Avenue Primary members held a very successful meeting Friday 13th October with many new parents responding to the parents’ action group’s leaflet attending. Ward councillor Salim Patel was one of three councillors there. Salim pledged full support and said that he will contact the parent governors and suggested that parents should demand that the parent governors leave Thursday’s governors meeting to show solidarity with the parents. The press are coming to that lobby and Stephen Timms MP will meet the parents in the first week of November. Parents have material and cardboard and paints and agreed to have a placard/banner making session on Saturday morning. A parent, LSA and a teacher took questions and answered in Bengali and Urdu.
After a successful school union group meeting the BIG MEET was a great meeting!

Comment from parent following “Opposing Academies” meeting 12/10/2017

‘As a parent and active campaigner I want to say one thing to all. It might look difficult but this campaign is not impossible as together we can and will make a difference. It is not just about me or my children but my community and my future generations to come. Let our silence be not taken as weakness.

When you look at the entire picture it Is not a very comforting sight and future but quite frightening at what the repercussions of these MATS and academies are.

Teachers and Union, we back you all the way and as one parent said it is not just about supporting and backing this fight but about any community any proposed Academy’.

Aysha Bakhi, Hallsville parent

Meeting 12/10/2017: Opposing Academisation

Opposing Academisation – meeting for parents/teachers from 3 schools under imminent threat: Hallsville, Scott Wilkie and Keir Hardie.

Over 50 adults, and a lot of kids, attended the meeting this evening (12/10/2017) at St. Luke’s Community Hall E16. There were teachers from 2 of the schools, staff from all 3 schools and many parents from all 3 schools, chiefly Hallsville. Also, Cllr Rokshana Fayaz whose constituency covers Keir Hardie and Scott Wilkie schools, and who has written opposing academisation.

Report from meeting
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Report from “Stop Newham schools becoming academies” meeting

Meeting 05/10/2017: "Stop Newham schools becoming academies". Picture 1.The Newham NUT section of the NEU, aware of the push to academisation progressing in many schools decided to call a public meeting, ‘STOP Newham Schools becoming Academies’. Over 50 teachers, education staff, parents, governors, and 3 Labour councillors attended, thirteen schools were represented. It was vibrant, brilliant and useful.

Stephan Simms, Ealing NUT/NEU secretary, reported on successful anti-academisation campaigns there. Vicki Baskerville, a parent at Snaresbrook when that school was in Special Measures and targeted for academisation, gave inspiration and concrete advice about how to win. Michael Gavan, a London region NEU organiser, who has been key in building the union groups needed, answered definitively the non-arguments of the pro-academy lobby.

Meeting 05/10/2017: "Stop Newham schools becoming academies". Picture 2.A cohort came from Avenue School and Louise Cuffaro, the NUT/NEU rep, showed how they built their campaign: school union meetings, large parents’ meetings, lobbying governors, and now heading for an indicative ballot so they will be ready for action if need be. Continue reading Report from “Stop Newham schools becoming academies” meeting

Campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy

We have received a message from the Assistant Secretary, Greenwich NEU (NUT) re “Building support for our campaign for sick pay rights at Charlton Park Academy”. (See below for a copy of that message.)

Charlton Park Academy strike appeal. Photo of picket.Your Secretary, Peter Smith, immediately sent a message of solidarity and support on behalf of Newham NEU members and has circulated the news and request for support to our local GMB branch, He will also raise the request for a donation at the next local meeting of our union.

Charlton Park Academy strike appeal. Photo of picket.The events in Greenwich highlight Pay & Conditions issues that will concern teachers in academies across the country. Your ability to pay your rent and feed your family will be undermined if no action is taken.


Please read more about the issue.

Charlton Academy strike leaflet
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Donations collection form
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