Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint General Secretary, to attend school strike opposing academy status

Teachers and support staff will be taking two days of strike action against the proposed academisation of The Village School in Brent. Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, will be attending a rally this Tuesday in support of the campaign to stop the proposals.

Date: Tuesday 16 January

Picket:

Time:    from 8:00am, attended by NEU (NUT Section) National President Louise Regan

Place:    The Village Special School, Grove Park, Kingsbury, NW9 0JY

Strike Rally:

Time:    9.30 am, attended by Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint General Secretary

Place:    Jain Centre, 64-68 Colindale Avenue NW9 5DR 

National Education Union members at The Village voted for strike action by an overwhelming 98% of those voting. A first day of strike action has already taken place in December and now two further days are scheduled for Tuesday January 16 and Wednesday January 17 2018. The Village is a flagship Special School which has consistently been rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

Martin Powell-Davies, London Regional Secretary said: “Not a week goes by without further controversy about the academies programme. The risks of fragmenting education through academy transfer are becoming ever clearer while any benefits are becoming ever harder for the proponents of academisation to prove. In this context, it is incredible that the Governors of Village School are pursuing such a damaging course of action. NEU members are calling on them to think again and stop the transfer of their employment to a multi academy trust”.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union said; ‘Becoming an academy as part of a Multi-Academy Trust is fraught with risk. Choosing this route means less transparency and accountability over how a school is run and a diminished voice for parents, teachers and the local community. It also means that the school will be joining an academy system which is coming apart at the seams and which the Government has shown it is incapable of managing and supporting. I urge governors to listen to the concerns of teachers and reconsider their decision to take this unnecessary and potentially damaging course of action.”

ENDS

 

Press release
15 January 2018