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GMB Back Berkshire School Support Staff

Thursday, November 27, 2014

GMB Pledges Support For Members At Berkshire CE Primary School That Has Been Placed In Special Measures After Ofsted Report

The council seems to have descended on the school without a clearly defined plan to support the teachers, support staff and children at Bisham says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, has pledged support for members in Bisham  CE Primary School in Windsor and Maidenhead that has been judged as inadequate and requiring special measures by Ofsted.

Ofsted’s report criticises the school for 'weak' teaching, with 'too many' pupils not making enough progress, while teachers’ marking and feedback does not allegedly help the children improve.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is now using its power of intervention to oversee school improvement.

Frank Minal, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB is challenging how the council has dealt with matters following the placing the school into special measures. GMB calls on all parties to work to work together calmly to drive forward standards of education.

The council seems to have descended on the school without a clearly defined plan to support the teachers, support staff and children at Bisham.

Alison Alexander the Director of Children's Services has described staff and teaching as inadequate. The Head Teacher is currently suspended pending an investigation and the locks of the school have been changed. 

It would seem that the Council are shooting from the hip regarding their commentary about devoted and committed staff. These off the cuff comments have sparked anger from parents and staff alike.

Public criticism of staff before the council has had a chance to calmly assess the shortcomings the school is not right. It makes matters worse and is giving rise to growing anger.  There is also a need to assess the claimed 56 inaccuracies in the Ofsted report.

The way the council is dealing with this suggests that there is no clear strategy on how to proceed before suspending the Head Teacher or determining how this small primary school operates at a local level.

An interim Head is now on site alongside local authority officers. GMB call on them to work with school support staff, teachers, governors and parents to drive forward standards of education. GMB will support our members through these difficult times in the school.”

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Contact: Frank Minal 07713 079 930 Email: frank.minal@gmb.org.uk or Avril Chambers 07974 251766 or GMB press office 07974 251 823

 

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