The National Education Union opposes the creation of academies but supports the teachers working in academies.
NEU NUT Section – Academies webpage
Opposing Academies Leaflet in 8 Languages
Parents demand a ballot.
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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More inspiring activity from avenue strike day starring avenue kids, parents, teachers and Kevin Courtney.
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.
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.
NATIONAL EDUCATION UNION
NUT Section – LONDON REGION
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……….
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Avenue parents group have called their own parent consultation meeting re the proposed academisation.
Tuesday 28th November
Methodist Church Hall
Opposing Academy Transfers
- cannot be justified educationally
- do threaten staff terms and conditions
- can be stopped – NEU read leaflet
NEU Leaflet on Academy Transfers
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NEU representative speaks out against MAT
Michael Gavan from The National Education Union speaks about the dangers of Multi Academy Trusts.
Film by CY TV channel on YouTube (published 12/10/2017)
Thanks to CY TV for their YouTube clip
CY Film Productions
Lobby of Governing Body at Avenue School
National Education Union teachers, Newham NUT Section, from Avenue School lobbied their governors against academisation on Thursday Oct 19th
Report from Opposing Academisation Meeting for parents and teachers of Avenue Primary School 13/10/2017
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!
Report from Meeting 12/10/2017: Opposing Academisation – Hallsville, Scott Wilkie, Keir Hardie
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 12/10/2017
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
Report from Meeting 05/10/2017: Stop Newham Schools Becoming Academies
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-acdemisation 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.
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.
The essentials were finding out what is happening from governors minutes, leafleting the parents, parents organising themselves, and union members organising ready to take industrial action.
It was pointed out that DfE data shows 77% of primary schools nationally have stayed with their local authorities. In neighbouring boroughs the councils are encouraging schools to stay. Unfortunately, in Newham, over 20 schools have become academies. But 28 are ‘in process’. Nearly all Newham schools are good or outstanding. There is no need for them to change and transfer control to Trustees who, in Newham MATs as elsewhere, are bankers, brokers, property developers and the like.
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