Updated 02/03/2018 – see below..
Report: March to lobby the council 26/02/2018 – Opposing academisation.
There were an estimated 200 people on the march – parents, teachers, and local community members.
Louise and Carel and parents addressed the full council meeting.
The campaign to oppose academisation had a significant victory on Monday night. The council passed very clear amendments opposing academisation.
The wording of amendment 2.1 passed by Newham council on Monday 26th Feb, both Robin Wales and mayoral contender Rokshana Fayaz voting for it, reads:
‘This council resolves to call on all governing bodies who are considering academisation to halt all steps towards academisation until and unless there has been a binding parental and staff ballot, conducted by an impartial body such as the Electoral reform Society. If the ballot votes No to acdemisation then that outcome must be accepted and implemented.’
The NEU will be sending the letter attached to all chairs of governors, all heads, and all NEU reps. All councillors have been emailed asking them to implement this resolution.
NEU Newham letter
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We have heard back from Cllr Abdul Muhit to see if a postponement of the academisation of Nelson, Vicarge, Elmhurst and Gallions can be halted. Please get in touch if you want support at your school to oppose moves to academise.
Many thanks to all the NEU members, neighbouring NEU branch representatives, local parents, and community supporters who participated in the march. Our thanks also go to local council members who listened to our views.