At the end of Wednesday’s packed SAiL meeting at the St.Mary’s Centre, we read out a summary of suggested actions. Here they are:
- To encourage each school to develop its own campaigning group of parents/staff/students – and for a rep from each group to meet together as the SAiL commitee to plan the overall campaign.
- Students from across the schools are planning their own activities and are building links across the 3 Federation schools.
- Volunteers are needed to leaflet on school gates so that we can reach parents and answer the misinformation from the Federation.
- Volunteers are also needed for leafleting stations to get our message out about the wider threat to education in Lewisham too.
- We will also run street stalls targeted to meet parents – e.g on the Honor Oak estate.
- We’ll be turning the longer reply to the Working Party into shorter snappier leaflets to explain our arguments.
- A poster for home and shop windows is being produced so that we can show the strength of opposition across the community.
- Similarly, campaign badges to wear.
- Parents will be lobbying councillors to insist that they back the call for a parental ballot – like Brighton Council did over Hove Park.
- We will launch an online petition, also asking for a full parental ballot over whether or not to support the academy plans.
- We will be setting up a SAiL campaign website to go alongside the facebook page as a source of information.
- We are looking for volunteeers who can help put together a campaign video for the website, youtube, social media.
- Thursday 5th March , ask SAiL supporters to stand with NUT/NASUWT/GMB staff on the picket lines from 7.30 am – and bring your own banners and placards to add to union ones.
- After the planned cafe breakfast meetings, join a delegation to go up to Mansion House for a photo-shoot and protest outside the Leathersellers Comapny headquarters in the City of London.
- If the Council/Governors refuse to support a parental ballot, consider if there are ways of organising one ourselves.
- Make plans for a march to defend education – just as the community did to defend the NHS in Lewisham.
- IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH – USING THE CONTACT US FORM