I recently met staff from a so-called “zombie school” – a school waiting for the dubious honour of being transferred from one academy chain provider to another.
According to some reports there are more than 60 zombie schools, a statistic that equates in reality to some 40,000 pupils cast into a nowhere land.
These are the school also known as SNOWs (Schools that No One Wants), or “untouchables”.
The stories from within these places are horrifying. Teachers desperately look for alternative employment, parents looking for alternative schools and the poor old children turning up each day feeling more and more alienated from the system.
When are we going to acknowledge that this attempt to privatise all schools through academisation simply has not worked for far too many schools, and for far too many children?
Birmingham NEU members taking strike action at Springfield School this morning. The strike is over a restructure which will introduce 4 Director posts with no substantive teaching role and increase the workload of existing members. Just have a read of the letter given out to parents.
Excellent picket line and very well supported by the parents and community. Lots of loud horns from the passing traffic and letters handed out to parents.
Delighted to have spoken as the National Executive member for the area. Well done to local NEU officers and Regional staff who supported the members with an excellent picket line.
Messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org
Report and pic Jane Nellist
PARENTS and students of Whitehaven Academy have been “let down”, a government official admitted.
Jonathan Slater, the Department for Education’s permanent secretary, has spoken out about the problem-plagued school saying the school’s management “has not been up to the task”.
And it was revealed that Bright Tribe trust, which runs Whitehaven Academy, may have to pay back money it received from government for the academy, if the cash has not been spent on what it was intended.