Anti-academy strike at Montgomery Primary school

Anti-academy strike at Montgomery Primary school

Staff at Montgomery Primary in Birmingham were on strike yesterday over plans to turn the school into an academy.

60 teachers and school support staff, went on strike yesterday at the school in Sparkbrook, Birmingham in protest at plans to convert to academy status.

NUT, NASUWT and GMB unions all voted for strike action, and parents are supportive.

These battles are becoming more and more common, with the exponential growth of academies. Bournville School staff showed that solidarity between workers and local community can defeat plans like these.

Solidarity with Montgomery Primary!

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Choccy
Dec 14 2011 18:16

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Steven.
Dec 15 2011 10:15

Hey mate, really enjoying your more regular blogging!

Do you know if this was just a one-day stoppage or is there more action planned? Please do keep us informed as to how this progresses, and if they are successful

Just a short sub editing note that on a few of your articles I have changed the tag unions to strikes. The unions tag is for articles about the nature of trade unions; strikes is for all content about striking.

Choccy
Dec 15 2011 15:18

Looks like it's gonna be discontinuous one-day strikes according to David Room, deputy general secretary of Brum NUT
“This I think was the biggest turnout at a school picket line anywhere in Birmingham in my memory during the past 10 years. “This is the first of a number of strikes and industrial action and meetings. We will prepare a rolling programme of strike action.”

Apparently there's a campaign group of parents angry at it being forced through without consultation and they're doing a petition of other parents in addition to the union action.

Chilli Sauce
Dec 15 2011 17:52

Yeah, just to echo Steven, I've also been enjoying your blogs. Keep it up.

Choccy
Jan 24 2012 19:04

NUT, NASUWT and GMB all out again at this school tomorrow.

Choccy
Jan 25 2012 21:57

Notice about public meeting tomorrow. I can't make it but I think Gypsy is going

'Montgomery Primary school is being forced to become an academy, a move which both teachers and parents are opposed to. In December, all staff went on strike, and were joined by parents on the picket line. They will be on strike again on the 25th January.
The following day, Parents at Montgoomery School have a public meeting:

Thursday 26th January 7.30pm-9pm
Community Hall, Sparkbrook Islamic Centre, Sydenham Road, Sparkbrook B11 1ND (Children welcome)'

Choccy
Jan 26 2012 21:18

Been on local news the last few days

gypsy
Jan 26 2012 22:25
Choccy wrote:
Been on local news the last few days

The other regional news channel aswell.

Chilli Sauce
Jan 26 2012 22:25

Made it onto the BBC website today, too.

Chilli Sauce
Jan 30 2012 20:09

Okay, so apparently a school in Brent, London was stopped from becoming an academy when, according to the local trades council:

Quote:
Alperton High School governors stepped back from making an academy conversion decision after all teaching unions voted to strike if such a proposal went ahead. They will instead investigate the options.

I couldn't find much on this and the most I could find comes from some sort of Council blog (best I can tell anyway) and I don't really understand all the bits about co-ops schools:

http://wembleymatters.blogspot.com/2012/01/brent-labour-takes-on-fight-for.html

Choccy
Jan 30 2012 22:08

Oooh find out a bit more for EW

Chilli Sauce
Jan 30 2012 22:15

aight, let me send off an email.

Choccy
Jan 30 2012 22:58

oh I've met that dude you sent the email to

Chilli Sauce
Jan 31 2012 07:40

Yeah, branch sec, known my in-laws for years.

gypsy
Jan 31 2012 11:10

Gove is being questioned by the education comittee at the moment. As per usual with these things its all very chummy and jokes all round as Gove tears apart the future of education in England and Wales.

gypsy
Jan 31 2012 11:13
Quote:
The MP’s parents had thought their son would become a church minister but after graduating he returned to Aberdeen to start work on a local newspaper.
Mr Gove joined other striking journalists on the picket lines during a bitter dispute but did not have to wait long to be offered a job by David Dimbleby on Radio Four’s Today programme. He later became assistant editor at The Times then an MP.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/7730573/Teenage-Michael-Gove-supported-Labour.html

So he actually went on strike!

p.s-You would never know he was scottish by his accent.

Choccy
Mar 11 2012 01:13

The governing body have chosen AET as the primary school's new sponsor. Two strikes and a lot of community stuff went into fighting this conversion, just one of many battles in schools against academies, forced or not.

Chilli Sauce
Mar 11 2012 11:20

Who's AET? What's the dirt?

Choccy
Mar 11 2012 12:06

Not sure, Gypsy texted me, then I saw on Facebook. Know nothing about AET.

gypsy
Mar 11 2012 20:20
Choccy wrote:
Not sure, Gypsy texted me, then I saw on Facebook. Know nothing about AET.

From- http://antiacademies.org.uk/2012/03/who-is-gove-giving-our-primary-schools-to/

Quote:
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET)

AET currently have 19 academies. Of these 7 have been open long enough to enter pupils for GCSEs.

These 7 academies show a 46.5% pass rate for GCSEs including equivalents. But when the equivalents are taken out this drops to 33%, with one academy, Clacton Coastal Academy, dropping by 21%.

With just 7 academies worth of experience the government have decided to double the number of academies run by AET to 38, making it the largest chain in the country.

Chilli Sauce
Mar 11 2012 22:33

Yeah, I thought they were one of those chains. Thanks Choccy.