Here we will collect resources and advice on building a parent campaign for open and democratic consultation. It should be used alongside the information on what constitutes meaningful consultation. If you have good advice you would like to share, or know of other resources that could be included here, please get in touch.
Ask Colmore Parents
In 2014 parents of Colmore Junior and Infants Schools won their campaign for meaningful consultation. Parents worked with the Governing Body to put together a well researched consultation document that included a thorough risk-analysis of the pros and cons of academy conversion for Colmore. After consulting, the Governing Body decided not to proceed with academy conversion. The Colmore Schools Consultation Document remains a useful source of information for Governing Bodies and parents.
Hands Off Bournville School – Build a Campaign.
This is a comprehensive guide to campaigning for meaningful consultation. The HOBS campaign successfully headed off voluntary converter academy status at a large and successful secondary school in Birmingham, and while the situation is very different for forced academies, the principles of building a successful campaign are largely the same
This post from parent Mohammed Ashraf outlines the motivations and methods behind the Montgomery Primary School campaign in Sparkbrook. The Montgomery school community was the first in Birmingham to fight forced academy conversion and, while ultimately parents lost that battle, they achieved a great deal in involving huge numbers of parents in a consultation process whose voices otherwise would not have been heard, and they were successful in bringing wider attention to the issue of forced academies and in engaging the support of their MP, Roger Godsiff.
This excellent resource is a very comprehensive guide to campaigning on any issue around education from the Campaign for State Education (CASE)