NUT members are striking to oppose academisation of their school. they do not take this strike action for more pay or better conditions, but to protect their students’ education and for parents to have their say and vote. 70 NUT Teachers at Dormers Wells High School say no to academisation because it is;
- Bad for Grades
- Bad for Special Educational needs
- Bad for Staff
- Bad for the Community
The school refuses to hold a debate and vote for staff and parents about the future of your school, why?!
What Can I Do?
1) Speak or write to the Headteacher Ms Roisin Walsh
2) Speak or write to your local Councillor
3) Sign the petition here
4) Contact us at email@example.com
Please download Leaflet for Parents or scroll down for the text.
Teachers do not believe the school when they say that they are only exploring the possibility. The school have applied and been given permission to convert from the DfE. Further, this has been ‘explored’ by the school since the Autumn Term. Teachers have been forced to take strike action as the Governing Body is not listening to our concerns, such as:
Members will have taken 6 days of strike action this week. Spirits are high and their determination to see this through is resolute.
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Below is the wording in the “Leaflet for Parents”, if you only wish to read it.
Your children’s education is the most important thing to us; we do not take this strike action for more pay or better conditions, but to protect your children’s education. We feel we have been forced to take strike action as the Governing Body is not listening to our concerns, such as:
- Academies do not achieve better grades for your children, in fact most children’s grades go down1.
- If the High School does convert and is unable to help Dormers Wells Junior, then both schools will be at risk of takeover from an academy chain2.
- Academies are facing bigger cuts in funding than Ealing Local Authority schools3.
- Many of your children’s teachers, who have been committed to your children’s education at DWHS for many years, will leave. DWHS will find it very hard to replace your experienced and dedicated teachers4.
- Academies have a bad record for not supporting students with Special Needs and many of these students are driven out of academies5.
- If you are unhappy with a decision regarding your child’s education, in an academy you have no one to appeal to, apart from the Secretary of State for Education. Currently, you have democratic rights allowing you to appeal, up to and including Ealing Local Authority.
- Academisation is semi-privatisation of your child’s education, just like this Government is doing to the NHS, with disastrous results.
1. The Education Select Committee report 2016 found that Of MATs studied, 66% were “below average” in their performance and over half, 51.1%, were “significantly below average”. This underperformance was the case for those with high levels of disadvantaged pupils (52% significantly below average) or low levels (48% significantly below average) – Henry Stewart (21 January 2017) ‘DfE reveals underperformance of secondary academy trusts’, Local Schools Network.
2. Analysis of DfE data released under a Freedom of Information request in July 2015 showed that a school rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted was almost four times more likely to remain ‘inadequate’ at its next inspection if it became a sponsored academy than if it remained a maintained school. Schools Week recently reported on figures which show that a total of 235 academies were handed to new trusts in the past two calendar years, up from just 26 in 2014.
3. www.schoolscut.org shows for example that Drayton Manor High is facing cuts of -£683 per pupil compared to the Ealing average of -£472
4.There are so many facts & figures, please go to https://www.teachers.org.uk/edufacts/teacher-recruitment-and-retention to view them all
5. In June 2016 the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) found that, “there is no compelling evidence of academy status being associated with an improvement in the performance of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM)” in either secondary or primary schools. The Sutton trust latest report says “are achieving results that are not improving and may be harming the prospects of their disadvantaged students”. (Professors Merryn Hutchings, Becky Francis and Philip Kirby (July 2016), Chain Effects. p. 6.)