Parents of Small Heath School (POSH) have called a public meeting.
Tuesday 19th January, 4.30pm, The Rex Centre, 430 Coventry Rd, Birmingham B10 0UG
Staff and parents are against their school becoming an academy but the leadership and the IEB have refused to engage with them openly and honestly on the issue. Parents handed in a 300+ petition to Birmingham City Council in the autumn and the three teacher unions have taken a total of five days strike action so far, with further strike action set for next week from both the NUT and NASUWT. Now the NUT rep, Simon O’Hara, has been suspended. NUT members are balloting for strike action against the victimisation of their Rep.
The following statement is from the POSH campaign;
Parents and ex-pupils of the POSH Campaign are saddened by the recent suspension of Simon O’Hara, NUT Rep for Small Heath School. POSH Campaign would like to show its support for calls to reinstate Simon, whilst also calling on the IEB of the school to stop academisation plans and to engage in honest and open discussions with parents and staff about the future of our school. We feel that this is victimisation of a Union Rep who we know as a very dedicated teacher and who was simply doing the job his members elected him to do. There is no evidence that Academy conversion will result in any improvement, but we do know that our children’s education is being put at risk by the refusal of the IEB to listen to parents and teachers. Silencing a Union rep is by no means a way of resolving the issue. We stand by the decision of staff to strike and will continue to do so until the IEB works with us to prevent the academisation of Small Heath School.
Please show your support by signing the petition: Reinstate Simon O’ Hara, No Academy at Small Heath School