Get your response into the consultation

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 8 June. We have prepared some guidance if you are stuck for words. To respond using the feedback form at http://www.leathersellers-federation.com/206/mat-consultation-papers or just want to email directly at consultation@leathersellers-federation.com (if you do please put Academy Conversion Question in the email header), or by writing to The Clerk to Governors, c/o Prendergast School, Adelaide Avenue, London SE4 1LE.

The guidance can be found at Consultation Guidance Document

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Parental Feedback Form – how biased is it?

We have written to the Chair of Governors with some Comments on the Parent Feedback Form carried out by a trained survey professional.

To: Christopher Barrow

At the Ladywell Fields consultation meeting, you expressed surprise that the Parental Feedback Form was considered biased.

We have sought the advice of a trained survey professional, and asked them to assess the feedback form on the normal criteria one would have when producing a questionnaire (attached).

As you know the campaign takes the view that the most effective and democratic way to elicit the views of parents, students and staff and other stakeholders is for a fully transparent independently organised ballot.

In the absence of this, we would urge you to (at the very least) amend the current feedback form so that it is transparent and unbiased taking on board the advice enclosed.

yours

Stop Academies In Lewisham

The Academy Legacy or an April Fool?

If it weren’t so serious it would be laughable that the Governors (released on their website on April 1) a letter offering,  as a benefit of conversion, the grand sum of £70,000 for Vale, £70,000 for Ladywell and £50,000 for Hilly Fields.

This is a Federation that in 2014 had a combined income of £17 million, and made in what must surely be a co-incidence  (??)  the same amount, (£190,000) from facilities and services.

As a public service (since most communications from the school don’t actually reach parents) we reproduce them below.

And we would ask the question – where is this money coming from?

Ladywell Vale Hilly Fields
£70,000 £70,000 £50,000
A full time counsellor (supporting well-being for students);

 

A full time counsellor (supporting well-being for students);

 

Curriculum developments such as Latin or Mandarin in the curriculum Curriculum developments such as Latin or Mandarin in the curriculum Curriculum developments such as Japanese or Mandarin in the curriculum
Introduction of numeracy support classes in year 7

 

Introduction of numeracy and literacy support classes in year 7

 

Protection of small group subjects in the 6th Form
Gifted and talented maths groups in the Primary Phase

 

The Headteacher and his team would be able to vary the curriculum 11 -16 to meet pupil needs more effectively The Headteacher and his team would be able to vary the curriculum 3 -16 to meet pupil needs more effectively The Headteacher and her team would be able to vary the curriculum 11 -16 to meet pupil needs more effectively.
It would give the freedom at Key Stage 2 and 3 for subject experts to decide their own curriculum and prepare more effectively for Key Stage 4 and 5, than the proposed arrangements under the National Curriculum would

 

It would give the freedom at Key Stage 2 and 3 for subject experts to decide their own curriculum and prepare more effectively for Key Stage 4 and 5, than the proposed arrangements under the National Curriculum would

 

Academy conversion gives the freedom at Key Stage 3 for departments to decide their own curriculum and prepare more effectively for Key Stage 4 and 5 than the proposed arrangements under the National Curriculum would

Meet the Governors (and tell them what you think!)

You might be forgiven for missing the announcement at the end of last term that the Governors will be available to “make representations in person”. Details are:

  • Hilly Fields School – Monday 13 April (7pm)
  • Ladywell School – Tuesday 14 April (7pm)
  • Vale School – Thursday 16 April (7pm)

This will be an ideal opportunity to see whether they have actually come up with ANY arguments in favour of their proposals.

The detailed response by the campaign to the proposals if you want some bedtime reading before the meeting is available at SAIL response to the WP.

Hope to see as many of you as possible.

Round-up of the March 5th strike

An incredibly powerful turnout across all three Prendergast schools and Sedgehill, for the strike against academisation, included teachers from both (NUT and NASUWT), support staff (GMB), parents and students.

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A large contingent then went up to the Leatherseller’s offices in the City of London to demonstrate and hand in a letter of opposition.

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A massive thank you to everyone who participated and those of you couldn’t be there but  supported online.