Central Foundation Girl’s School teachers and support staff are set to strike in east London on Wednesday 25th April. The NUT (which represents teachers) and Unison (which represents support workers) union members voted for action after job losses and the implementation of pay cuts.
The cuts will hit the lowest paid staff hardest while pay for senior management is protected.
In January the head teacher announced a restructuring that would mean seven redundancies and an increased workload for staff.
The Constable Educational Trust are planning a Free Primary School in the area though have not yet done a deal for a site. They are, along with half the free schools (35 out of 70) due to open this this autumn still, negotiating over premises. They propose to admit 50 children into Reception and 25 children into Year 1 in September 2012.
We have been told that the “free school” is not like an Academy though the only difference seems to be is that they set up a new school rather than take over an existing one. Funding is the same, both sit outside local authority control.
Communitas, the PR company for the Trust, say they use “direct marketing techniques to make the most of the high impact materials we designed to get the message across”.
Consultation opened on 16th April and glossy leaflets are appearing all around. Two meetings to “have your say” (or be marketed at) have been arranged to find out more about the school and meet the Head Teacher at The Kirtland Centre, 1-3 Coborn Street. Bow, London, E3 2AB (map here) – they are :-
- Thursday 3rd May between 4-7pm – Consultation Meeting
- Thursday 17th May between 4-7pm – Parents Information Evening
Primary School rumors on English Street
Rumors are also about that there is a plan for the Council to turn the PDC (Professional Development Centre) building on English Street into primary school under the control of Bonner School and apparently a nursery section will open in one of the buildings currently being used for storage (B Block). This seems due to open in September.
All the PDC services are likely to move to Bethnal Green Adult Education Centre.
Beatrice Tate School
We have the new Beatrice Tate Special Educational Needs (SEN) School to be built on the site of the now demolished Southern Grove Wilfred Reeve Centre and Resource Centre which will provide teaching space to accommodate a projected 75 pupils by 2012.