Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Further strike action planned as Copland staff fight ARK Academy takeover

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Press release from union members at Copland Community School

Staff from the three teacher unions voted unanimously at a well
attended meeting yesterday at Copland Community School to take f
further strike action over plans by the Interim Executive Board (IEB)
to hand over the school to the ARK academy chain. The 'consultation'
which they have announced including a public meeting is a sham.

Councillor Pavey, who was elected as lead member for Children and
Families on the basis he was opposed to academies and free
schools[1], has made it clear he supports ARK taking over Copland.
He justifies this by saying that Copland 'is different' but cannot
provide any supporting evidence for his decision regarding Copland.
Redbridge Council which is Conservative has defended democratic,
locally-run education and prevented Snaresbrook Primary being
forced to be an academy

It is inflated hype about the academic ‘success’ of the Wembley
Ark Academy. They have only just started their Year 10 intake.
Copland is already improving as was shown by their exam results
this summer.

Of course ARK will have the benefit of the new school building
at Copland which has already been agreed. The spin doctors
are trying to make it sound that ARK will be responsible for this.

Hank Roberts, Brent ATL Secretary said:
The consultation is a joke. They have already decided
that the head of the ARK academy will be the joint
headteacher of both schools and they have already
decided it will be an ARK academy. They have offered
no choice, and will seek to go ahead whatever the
'consultation' results. We are united in opposition to this. 
Tom Stone, Acting NASUWT said,:
It is quite scandalous how the pupils and staff are now
being treated at Copland School. They have suffered
enough. Their ex Head teacher is a convicted criminal
and now their combined souls are being given over to
an Academy chain that has no real interest in them,
but is VERY interested in the future profit they can
make from the school and their site.
Lesley Gouldbourne, Joint NUT Secretary said:
Brent Council and the IEB claim that converting to an
academy will improve results. There is absolutely no
evidence  for this and increasingly in fact the opposite.
The tide is turning against academies. For example
Sweden which used to be quoted by Gove is now
dismantling them. ( As reported widely and in the
Independent on 8/11/13)
More than 30 academies have been warned they
must pull their socks up - or their sponsor could face
the sack, the Government disclosed today.
[1]          Quote from Cllr Pavey on his blog 29.5.13 
“I dislike the Academy system. There is no evidence that
 Academisation leads to improved educational outcomes. 
Academies fragment educational provision – when it should 
be based on local co-operation. And worst of all, 
Academisation is a step towards marketisation of education”.

Not:e The Chair of Ofsted (which condemned Copland to
forced Academy status) is Dame Sally Morgan. Dame Sally 
Morgan is also an ‘Advisor’ to Ark Academies.

acknowledgements to Martin Francis

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