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Newham Connect Newsletter Issue 55: Friday 23rd March 2018
The newsletter from London Borough of Newham
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NEU Newham had another success for the Opposing Academisation” campaign.
At Brampton Primary, the governing body have decided against converting. This was a late stage decision. The school will not be joining Brampton Manor Trust.
Proactive organising of members at Brampton Primary, an active school group and the NEU rep all helped to overcome the academisation proposal.
Tuesday 27/03/2018 is reserved for working party meetings. If your working party is meeting your chair will inform you.
NEU Members at local schools were involved in action again this week. They were protesting against the proposed transfer of employer which would result from the academisation of their schools.
Avenue Primary School saw 3 days of action
Dates of action:
Tuesday 20 March
Wednesday 21 March
Thursday 22 March
Meanwhile at The Cumberland School, Newham, NEU Members were supported by parents for their day of action on Wednesday 21 March
Messages of support to Iain Hale
PARENTS WIN first step towards Judicial Review challenging academisation at Avenue School, Newham
Court 27 of the Royal Courts of Justice was packed full this morning with parents and striking staff from Avenue School in Newham to hear the legal case being made by David Wolfe QC on behalf of a parent seeking to challenge the lack of meaningful consultation over the proposed transfer to academy status being considered by the school’s Governing Body.
Parents left smiling and cheering after Judge Wall gave them interim relief to proceed towards the permission stage.
The National Education Union understands that this important first step suggests that:
• The judge recognises the strength of the case being out forward by the parent;
• The Funding Agreement that was apparently due to be signed imminently is now on hold;
• The Governing Body meeting on Thursday March 29th can no longer vote to proceed to academy transfer.
Martin Powell Davies, London Regional Secretary, National Education Union, said:
“Today’s decision is an important step towards making sure that Governors do not impose their academisation plans against the wishes of the local community that they are supposed to represent.
“Parents, staff and the NEU will now be keeping up the pressure on Governors at Avenue School to withdraw its damaging plans and work with us to keep it as a thriving community school, in the best interests of children’s education”
Martin Powell Davies, London Regional Secretary, National Education Union @NUTLondonOffice 07876835179
Congratulations to the parents and strikers from Avenue School.
Shalimar, an Avenue School parent, reports outside the RCJ that permission is granted to take the parents’ case of unlawful consultation to the next stage. About 40 Avenue strikers, parents and supporters chanted “We want a ballot” outside the court.
Message from TUC:
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