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go to the learning authority?
But the procedure is so long that the damage will be done by the time a judgement is reached
It's more an attempt by parents to stop a hostile takeover
He's probably using it without a valid license.
Tell the police.
send him a limb for every week that he remains in his job
or what? you're keeping us well in the dark on the details given it's so important
This is the other kid's school
For obvious reasons I can't give too many details
But let's say hypothetically that a new school head was installed in order to close down & sell off part of a school and in doing so they chose to end a special curriculum that fully half the school children took part in and despite nearly 200 names on a petition calling for a reasonable compromise of phasing out the special curriculum the head is just saying 'no, this is my school now, if you don't like it there are other schools'
This is the next step really
Any journalists or legal types here got any tips on what/what not to do ?
Was it just presented to the school, or to the school board/local authority/whatever the relevant equivalent is?
I'd just get in touch with the local paper, say there are hundreds of parents at this school who have signed a petition against changes the head is making, and it should be easy for them to write something up (you may have to pose for pics by the school gates with your arms crossed looking miserable). Then they'll offer the school a right of reply and they'll give some bullshit response. But it draws a lot of attention to them and potentially make them feel uncomfortable and might help them change their mind?
Then it was just ignored so we sent it further to the local authority two weeks later when there were then 170 names
There are also other petitions, Facebook groups & Instagram accounts set up by students themselves in order to protest
Thing with local press is that it's more or less the national press too and the distance between the school head & the actual Prime Minister is just 3 or 4 steps so it's deeply political the whole thing
One teacher has even suggested to us that the head has been specifically hired by the (right wing) council in order to do a hatchet job and sabotage the (left wing) govt.'s new education reforms that become effective on Jan 1st 2016
There's a bizarre situation here insofar as the new Govt had their budget voted down in Parliament so are operating 2015 on the terms of the defeated opposition govt.'s shadow budget
But yeah - that's the political background, the issue with the new head is that she's just driving over everyone to force through these changes - which would be irreversible
I mean the papers would be worth a go, I don't know whether the whole PM link would excite them or scare them off. The other thing to do to make a media hook is stage a physical event - hundreds of people doing a sit-in a playground makes good pictures.
The political background and school politics in general is obviously a big deal and has been much in the public eye but I don't want that to distract from the goal - which is to stop these changes being pushed through
We've tried or are trying every legitimate grievance process that exists but it has become fairly clear in the last week or so that the head is not gonna shift her position so she has to be shifted herself
specially the local rags.....several parents can court them, butter them up, get your side heard. let that be a pressure on the head maybe, to behave differently....or to get the parent teacher association to lean on the school governers.......where do the school governers stand on this? who are they?
That's what I meant about there being only four steps between the head & the PM
The head has said to the teaching staff
"If you don't stand 100% behind my changes then there are other places to work"
I mean hypothetically of course
But imagine that the teaching staff are pretty scared to go on the record even though the teachers union has been made aware of situation
I think it would be hard if the school had got outstanding at the last inspection
Make it clear to their superiors that they are not fit to carry our their duties.
In the UK though, academies at the least are pretty unanswerable to anyone, so if the governors and head are all loved up, there ain't much you can do.
I can't remember the exact relationship, but I think the head (and teaching staff) is appointed on behalf of the school governors to run the school. When I stopped being a teacher, I was asked to give my notice to the governors rather than the head.
The local press option is definitely a strong route though. Also definitely worth talking to the teaching unions, as they will be in a good position to advise/ act, especially if their members are being 'unofficially' told not to comment.
that you wish to convey to the head like 'don't sell off our school, or else'
the or else can be 'that will be going against the wishes of the parents'
or 'you will be harming our kids future' ......you an send these in installments perhaps.
I'm sure i might have an effect
anonymously alert the coppers and the papers.
we have PR & party lists
There's a local education authority which consists of a combination of MPs & local councillors and then there's Skolverket which is like Ofsted
We've complained to the education authority but they were the ones who hired this head in the first place plus I have my suspicions (see replies above to Fidel & h_y_g)
We've started a procedure with Skolverket but they take minimum 6 months to review & bring judgement by which time it would appear that the changes would be irreversible (or at the very least probably require a lengthy legal battle) which I'm pretty sure the head is aware of
The head has in fact made a clear breach of the protocol in pushing through these changes so I'm confident we'd win a review by the ombudsman but as I say, the damage would already be done
the only way out of it seems to be either to somehow force her resignation or for the teachers' union to take some direct action in witholding consent to the changes... though again the Head herself is a member of the main union
she has a lot of power basically and although legally she doesn't have the right to dismantle this special curriculum without a prior consultation period (which has not been a part of this process) I think she's well enough aware that the beaurocracy means there is very little chance of her suffering the consequence of having her decision reversed
and are better placed to make informed decisions about this kind of thing than a bunch of parents. Stop being a Toby Young!
I don't think it should be parents that decide issues of curriculum, personally
cos this one is failing to meet our expectations and the law
In the Swedish school law (chapter 4 paragraphs 12, 13, & 14) it clearly states that all schools must have a consultation process on major changes that include at least one forum for pupils to exercise influence over proposed changes & at least one forum in which parents or guardians can exercise influence over proposed changes. That no large changes within the school structure or curriculum can be decided without this input & that it's the responsibility of the school head to make sure the structure exists to give pupils and parents an influence in key decision
and further to that the latest report from the school inspectorate (2013) specifically highlighted as a failing the fact that there is a lack of structure in place to support the parents' and childrens' legal rights to have an influence over their/their childrens' education
there's some stuff about it in the UN convention on the rights of children too
but in the UK you'd need to get the School Governors onside and then beyond that go to the Local Education Authority or DoE depending on school status to get anything done. The other option if an OFSTED inspection was due would be to get a hell of a lot of comments submitted to them and hope that they have sufficient weight to downgrade the school's rating.
That's undoubtedly of no help to you though, as I doubt much of it applies where you are. Good luck!
I think we're well onto all the official channels but like I say upthread the beaurocracy means that by the time any official investigation is over it will be too late
It has dawned on us in the last few days that the only way to halt the changes is to force her to resign
or are your bully senses tingling or something? Do you think we're being bullies here?
if she's being questioned on a criminal matter and suspected, it's going to make being a headteacher pretty damn difficult
quite complex but in short it's a teaching method in which art, design & creative practical exercises are used as an integration tool across all core subjects so that every subject is taught through engaging the pupils in visual and manual techniques instead of being taught as separate 'pure' subjects