The risks of academy conversion – meeting 12/12/2017

Dear Colleague

We are holding an open meeting on the risks of academy conversion and how to fight to oppose conversion. You will have the opportunity to share ideas, discuss your concerns and hear from members already taking action

Date: Tuesday 12th December 2017
Venue: Newham (East Ham) Town Hall, Barking Road, E6 2RP
Time: 5 pm to 6 pm

Make sure your school is represented

Opposing Academies Leaflet in 8 Languages

Opposing Academies Leaflet. Parents demand a ballot.

Unite in the fight to remain a local authority school.

Here is double-sided leaflet given out by Avenue parents/carers on the days leading up to the strike.

An amazing example of what can be done, using their skills and determination to get the message out to include all parents.

The key information in 8 languages.

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Avenue School NEU members on strike

Solid strike action at Avenue Primary School with over 50 NEU members taking action to protect their conditions that are under attack through the planned academy conversion. The strike was well supported by parents and the local community. Many parents are opposed to the academy conversion and are angry the school governors do not listen to their views and are refusing to hold a ballot of all parents.

A parent said “why are they afraid to find out what we want for our children’s education”.



Louise, School rep and NEU Newham Officer, said this is just the start and the fight continues”.



Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint General Secretary, attended the picket line and spoke to members and parents.
Further strike dates have been announced.

Avenue School Strikes Against Academisation

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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.
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