The Birmingham Mail has today reported that teaching unions have suspended the strike threat over forced academies at 13 Primaries until they can determine whether the new Labour-run council will support them in standing up against forced academies. Union leaders have written to Brigid Jones, the new cabinet member for children and family services calling for an “urgent meeting” .
There have always been good reasons to become a school governor, but in these times of change with schools being bullied into giving up control to private sponsors, the looming threat of our schools being run for profit and the consequent loss of education as a public good, it has never been so important.
Becoming a school governor is a significant commitment, but is a great way to ensure you have a say in the future of your local school.
UPDATE: Parent-campaigners Cormac Loane and Karen Shurrock who are fighting for a parent vote on academy conversion at Waseley High School were interviewed on BBC Hereford & Worcester this morning (19th June) - about 65mins in.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p00t23gt
Parents of Waseley Hills High School, concerned about the lack of open and democratic consultation on proposals to convert to academy status, have organised a public meeting and vote on Waseley Hills High School academy conversion.
Staff and parents at West Heath Primary are strongly against the proposed academy.
Parents are holding a public meeting on Thursday 14 June at Oddingley Hall, Oddingley Rd, West Heath, B31 3BS.
Parents were understandably outraged to discover a few weeks ago that plans to convert are at an advanced stage and negotiations with a sponsor, The Elliott Foundation, are in the process of being finalised, despite parents not having been consulted at all on the future of their community school.
Following the decision in October 2011 not to proceed with academy conversion (read more here), Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre in Birmingham is consulting on Foundation Status.
A meeting for parents and carers to participate in the consultation is to be held on Wed 13th June, 2012. Governors will be available in the PPC, in the Bronte building, from 6 pm.
About 50 people attended a public meeting on Thursday 10th May at Northfield Baptist Church to discuss the threat to local primary schools being forced into academy status. The meeting had been organised by the teaching union NUT and the parent group Ask Parents First which is campaigning for open and democratic consultation on academy conversion. The meeting was aimed at three local schools, Northfield Manor, Primrose Hill and West Heath Primary, all of which, along with around 30 other schools across the city, are being forced to accept academy status by the DfE.
By Mohammed Ashraf
Firstly I would like to say as I have mentioned before, how important it is for parents to understand the purpose of the campaign so I stress that you do your own research in addition to this.
Montgomery School Campaign
Why as parents we decided to start a campaign
- Currently with a maintained school we have a fair balance of representation of the governing body, parent, community, LEA and staff governors.
Earlier this week I was approached by my new Labour colleague from Kings Norton Ward Valerie Seabright after she attended a meeting at Colmers Junior School. Val attended the meeting in her capacity as the Vice Chair of Governors at Colmers Infant School. The meeting was called as the Junior School has been contacted by the Department of Education recently informing the School of the Department's intention to force them to Academy status.
History: Building a State Education System for All
The struggle for the working class to survive through generations of deprivation demonstrates an intellect and an ability to learn new skills. Without doubt, many lesser intellects could not have survived and adapted. But this has rarely been enough to escape from poverty, since the route to escape a life of long hours of toil working below ground or in factories needed skills and qualifications and an education which, to the rich and privileged, was exclusive to themselves, and begrudgingly for the middle classes whose votes they depended on.
Michael Gove plans to seize around 30 Birmingham Primary schools and turn them into academies.
These schools are currently run by the Council. It means that the schools are democratically accountable to us and if the Councillors neglect our schools we can vote them out. Michael Gove wants to hand them over to unelected academy chains, many run by businessmen in the same way they run their businesses.