Parents and staff lobby council against against academy plans for Small Heath School

Ask Parents First are hugely concerned that Birmingham City Council officers are STILL riding roughshod over school communities, making deals with the DfE behind closed doors with no consultation and minimal communication with the parents, pupils and community to whom this school actually belongs. In behaving this way the Council is ignoring the recommendations of its own Education Scrutiny Team who stated in their report ‘Strengthening the Birmingham Family of Schools’ that “Elected Members, in fulfilling our role as champions of pupils, parents and local communities, should expect that the City Council supports schools to consult fairly and effectively not least to protect vital community relationships”. The report went on to make a number of recommendations to the Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services including that it “publicises that there is a clear expectation from the City Council that governing bodies considering academy conversion, whether voluntarily or under the instruction of the Department for Education, conduct open and democratic consultation while matters are still at a formative stage.”

Birmingham Campaign For State Education

On Tuesday a positive and well-attended lobby of the full Council meeting took place outside Birmingham Council House by parents, staff and supporters of Small Heath School in opposition to any plan to change the school into an academy

A delegation of parents spoke to Local Councillors Tahir Ali and Yvonne Mosquito about their concerns during a break of the full council meeting. Both Councillors were supportive and accepted a petition of more than 800 signatures against academisation collected by parents over the summer. Parents stand to lose important legal protections and local accountability if Small Heath School becomes an academy.

The Parents of Small Heath campaign group (POSH) held two large public meetings before the summer break. Parents are angry that plans to convert their school to an academy are being made behind closed doors without any consultation and with apparent disregard for their views. POSH has welcomed support…

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