Hove headteacher shocked about strike over academy plans

Headteacher shocked about strike over academy plans

Headteacher shocked about strike over academy plans

First published in News

A headteacher is “shocked and disappointed” after finding out about a strike at his school on The Argus’ website.

Hove Park School’s headteacher Derek Trimmer was unable to inform parents and carers about the strike planned for next week after the National Union of Teachers (NUT) balloted with 80% of members opposing plans to convert to academy status.

Brighton and Hove NUT secretary Paul Shellard said yesterday he expected the school to shut when the strike takes place on Wednesday, but Mr Trimmer remains defiant in saying it will remain open.

Mr Trimmer said: “The teaching unions have played a prominent role in the consultation process.

“They have had their voices heard and the NUT ballot is a matter of public record. It is disappointing that the union still feels the need to interrupt learning and disrupt the final week of term.

“The governing body has continually promised the school’s staff that there would be no threat to pay and conditions if an academy conversion went ahead.

“Staff were informed this week that a charter would be provided, guaranteeing that pay and conditions would be protected to at least the nationally agreed levels.

“With that in mind, it is hard to see why strike action is necessary. Objections to government policy on education should be made at the ballot box, not by stopping students coming to school.”

Mr Shellard said about 75% of the staff at the school belonged to the NUT but Mr Trimmer believes it is nearer 32%.

According to the school’s figures, 72 of the 220 staff are members of the NUT.

The consultation process for the school’s controversial plans to convert to an academy is now closed and a decision is to be made on September 22.

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12:26pm Fri 11 Jul 14

whatone says...

Trimmer shocked?

Hasn't he been listening?

Of course he hasn't - he's just got his eyes on the big fay pay rise he'll likely get when the school is privatised (aka academised)!

As for his quip about the 'ballot box', if he's so keen on that approach then why not hold a vote of parents and staff?

Oh that's right - a vote is only allowed if you think you'll get the 'right' result!

At least he is teaching the pupils that 'democracy' exists in name only!
Trimmer shocked? Hasn't he been listening? Of course he hasn't - he's just got his eyes on the big fay pay rise he'll likely get when the school is privatised (aka academised)! As for his quip about the 'ballot box', if he's so keen on that approach then why not hold a vote of parents and staff? Oh that's right - a vote is only allowed if you think you'll get the 'right' result! At least he is teaching the pupils that 'democracy' exists in name only! whatone
  • Score: 23

12:42pm Fri 11 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

He claimed that the ballot was public knowledge, so how can he also claim to have heard of the strike action from The Argus?

Hmm.....
He claimed that the ballot was public knowledge, so how can he also claim to have heard of the strike action from The Argus? Hmm..... stevo!!
  • Score: 5

12:49pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

Decision to be made on 22nd September ? Pull the other one Mr Trimmer, it's already been made.
Decision to be made on 22nd September ? Pull the other one Mr Trimmer, it's already been made. Fight_Back
  • Score: 14

2:10pm Fri 11 Jul 14

crazy_plan says...

For info, Trimmer did conduct a whole staff vote but has not released the results. This was over 3 weeks ago.

He is an expert at spinning an argument to suit his personal agenda and consequently he comes across as a bully who is primarily in education for his own financial gain. Sad but true.

Argus: Please seek these results!
For info, Trimmer did conduct a whole staff vote but has not released the results. This was over 3 weeks ago. He is an expert at spinning an argument to suit his personal agenda and consequently he comes across as a bully who is primarily in education for his own financial gain. Sad but true. Argus: Please seek these results! crazy_plan
  • Score: 14

2:22pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

crazy_plan wrote:
For info, Trimmer did conduct a whole staff vote but has not released the results. This was over 3 weeks ago.

He is an expert at spinning an argument to suit his personal agenda and consequently he comes across as a bully who is primarily in education for his own financial gain. Sad but true.

Argus: Please seek these results!
I'm not doubting what you've posted at all. The question that arises is, if Mr Trimmer has held a staff ballot, why he is so shocked about the strike. The man doesn't appear to tell the truth very often. Maybe, instead of pushing for academy status, his time would be better spent reviewing security so he doesn't lose a load of iPads again.
[quote][p][bold]crazy_plan[/bold] wrote: For info, Trimmer did conduct a whole staff vote but has not released the results. This was over 3 weeks ago. He is an expert at spinning an argument to suit his personal agenda and consequently he comes across as a bully who is primarily in education for his own financial gain. Sad but true. Argus: Please seek these results![/p][/quote]I'm not doubting what you've posted at all. The question that arises is, if Mr Trimmer has held a staff ballot, why he is so shocked about the strike. The man doesn't appear to tell the truth very often. Maybe, instead of pushing for academy status, his time would be better spent reviewing security so he doesn't lose a load of iPads again. Fight_Back
  • Score: 7

2:33pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Sir Prised says...

All schools should be under State control. Making them independent is a huge mistake. We once had an excellent education system but it has been ruined by continual political interference. We should stop playing with children's lives and simply provide each with the best, most appropriate training for the world of work. Surely, that isn't rocket science.
All schools should be under State control. Making them independent is a huge mistake. We once had an excellent education system but it has been ruined by continual political interference. We should stop playing with children's lives and simply provide each with the best, most appropriate training for the world of work. Surely, that isn't rocket science. Sir Prised
  • Score: 6

2:54pm Fri 11 Jul 14

LB says...

I hope that the Governors decide that the strength of feeling from parents current and future), pupils and staff against this change is sufficient to override Mr Trimmer's choice.

He'd resign of course (and no doubt how he has got the process this far by threatening) but, frankly, it would be a better outcome despite the benefits he's brought with his headship.
I hope that the Governors decide that the strength of feeling from parents current and future), pupils and staff against this change is sufficient to override Mr Trimmer's choice. He'd resign of course (and no doubt how he has got the process this far by threatening) but, frankly, it would be a better outcome despite the benefits he's brought with his headship. LB
  • Score: 6

4:11pm Fri 11 Jul 14

mangledcat says...

stevo!! wrote:
He claimed that the ballot was public knowledge, so how can he also claim to have heard of the strike action from The Argus?

Hmm.....
Because no-one had the decency to inform him...?

I hope he sticks to his guns - not all parents are against this and why does The Argus re-print the statistic of 80% of teachers being opposed to this, only to print at the end of the article that it's actually nearer 30%?
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: He claimed that the ballot was public knowledge, so how can he also claim to have heard of the strike action from The Argus? Hmm.....[/p][/quote]Because no-one had the decency to inform him...? I hope he sticks to his guns - not all parents are against this and why does The Argus re-print the statistic of 80% of teachers being opposed to this, only to print at the end of the article that it's actually nearer 30%? mangledcat
  • Score: -9

4:48pm Fri 11 Jul 14

mangledcat says...

LB wrote:
I hope that the Governors decide that the strength of feeling from parents current and future), pupils and staff against this change is sufficient to override Mr Trimmer's choice.

He'd resign of course (and no doubt how he has got the process this far by threatening) but, frankly, it would be a better outcome despite the benefits he's brought with his headship.
Who has he threatened?? His resignation a better option...? I guess you weren't a parent at the school when the pass rate was languishing in the low- 20s (24%?) or you wouldn't be so dismissive of the huge amount he has achieved.
[quote][p][bold]LB[/bold] wrote: I hope that the Governors decide that the strength of feeling from parents current and future), pupils and staff against this change is sufficient to override Mr Trimmer's choice. He'd resign of course (and no doubt how he has got the process this far by threatening) but, frankly, it would be a better outcome despite the benefits he's brought with his headship.[/p][/quote]Who has he threatened?? His resignation a better option...? I guess you weren't a parent at the school when the pass rate was languishing in the low- 20s (24%?) or you wouldn't be so dismissive of the huge amount he has achieved. mangledcat
  • Score: -4

5:29pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

The article mentions that "the governing body has continually promised the school’s staff that there would be no threat to pay and conditions", but surely they can't make that promise?

In a year's time the governing body may be completely different. The headteacher may have moved on. But the school will still be an Academy and it will still be able to change pay and conditions. Any new leadership will not be bound by the decisions of the previous regime.
The article mentions that "the governing body has continually promised the school’s staff that there would be no threat to pay and conditions", but surely they can't make that promise? In a year's time the governing body may be completely different. The headteacher may have moved on. But the school will still be an Academy and it will still be able to change pay and conditions. Any new leadership will not be bound by the decisions of the previous regime. Quiterie
  • Score: 5

5:39pm Fri 11 Jul 14

whatone says...

Quiterie wrote:
The article mentions that "the governing body has continually promised the school’s staff that there would be no threat to pay and conditions", but surely they can't make that promise?

In a year's time the governing body may be completely different. The headteacher may have moved on. But the school will still be an Academy and it will still be able to change pay and conditions. Any new leadership will not be bound by the decisions of the previous regime.
In addition any new staff (who btw won't actually have to be qualified teachers) won't get the same terms and conditions.

And the governors won't care either, because they will end up as a bunch of people who stand to gain from dodgy deals that are hard to track down because FOI doesn't apply to privatised/academise
d schools!
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: The article mentions that "the governing body has continually promised the school’s staff that there would be no threat to pay and conditions", but surely they can't make that promise? In a year's time the governing body may be completely different. The headteacher may have moved on. But the school will still be an Academy and it will still be able to change pay and conditions. Any new leadership will not be bound by the decisions of the previous regime.[/p][/quote]In addition any new staff (who btw won't actually have to be qualified teachers) won't get the same terms and conditions. And the governors won't care either, because they will end up as a bunch of people who stand to gain from dodgy deals that are hard to track down because FOI doesn't apply to privatised/academise d schools! whatone
  • Score: 7

5:40pm Fri 11 Jul 14

whatone says...

mangledcat wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
He claimed that the ballot was public knowledge, so how can he also claim to have heard of the strike action from The Argus?

Hmm.....
Because no-one had the decency to inform him...?

I hope he sticks to his guns - not all parents are against this and why does The Argus re-print the statistic of 80% of teachers being opposed to this, only to print at the end of the article that it's actually nearer 30%?
If what you say is true surely you would not object to a ballot to see how many parents agree or disagree?
[quote][p][bold]mangledcat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: He claimed that the ballot was public knowledge, so how can he also claim to have heard of the strike action from The Argus? Hmm.....[/p][/quote]Because no-one had the decency to inform him...? I hope he sticks to his guns - not all parents are against this and why does The Argus re-print the statistic of 80% of teachers being opposed to this, only to print at the end of the article that it's actually nearer 30%?[/p][/quote]If what you say is true surely you would not object to a ballot to see how many parents agree or disagree? whatone
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

Sir Prised wrote:
All schools should be under State control. Making them independent is a huge mistake. We once had an excellent education system but it has been ruined by continual political interference. We should stop playing with children's lives and simply provide each with the best, most appropriate training for the world of work. Surely, that isn't rocket science.
Surely, determining what constitutes a "the best, most appropriate training" is an entirely political decision?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Prised[/bold] wrote: All schools should be under State control. Making them independent is a huge mistake. We once had an excellent education system but it has been ruined by continual political interference. We should stop playing with children's lives and simply provide each with the best, most appropriate training for the world of work. Surely, that isn't rocket science.[/p][/quote]Surely, determining what constitutes a "the best, most appropriate training" is an entirely political decision? Plantpot
  • Score: 0

6:14am Sun 13 Jul 14

Dave At Home says...

O dear what a incompetent headmaster Trimmer has shown himself to be, what with someone in the school monitoring the press reports and the comments, he makes out he doesn't know what is going on. I suppose he doesn't know anything of the new car he going to get shortly and probably doesn't remember where he left all those ipads either.

Sometimes I wonder why people hold such high positions and can affect the lives of so many, doesn't take much to see what is happening with the Aldridge Academies, all spin and great words but at the coal face there is little change, apart from the cleansing that is going on, because it does not bode well with the ethics of the principles. Spin is a wonderful thing but lies can be seen through.

In a few years time we will be reading about the abuse that is going on within these academies and wonder how it was ever allowed to happen, unfortunately a lot of people will have made enormous amounts of money and knighthoods from their crafty manipulation, it will take a full judicial enquiry to understand what was behind the making of decent schools into failing academies, of course some will make it, like the JCB academy but many many more will fail. I feel sorry for the pupils and parents of HPS that have tried to stand up to the change, and feel numb that the few parents who think it is going to be all roses and wonderful, will see the light when it is too late.
O dear what a incompetent headmaster Trimmer has shown himself to be, what with someone in the school monitoring the press reports and the comments, he makes out he doesn't know what is going on. I suppose he doesn't know anything of the new car he going to get shortly and probably doesn't remember where he left all those ipads either. Sometimes I wonder why people hold such high positions and can affect the lives of so many, doesn't take much to see what is happening with the Aldridge Academies, all spin and great words but at the coal face there is little change, apart from the cleansing that is going on, because it does not bode well with the ethics of the principles. Spin is a wonderful thing but lies can be seen through. In a few years time we will be reading about the abuse that is going on within these academies and wonder how it was ever allowed to happen, unfortunately a lot of people will have made enormous amounts of money and knighthoods from their crafty manipulation, it will take a full judicial enquiry to understand what was behind the making of decent schools into failing academies, of course some will make it, like the JCB academy but many many more will fail. I feel sorry for the pupils and parents of HPS that have tried to stand up to the change, and feel numb that the few parents who think it is going to be all roses and wonderful, will see the light when it is too late. Dave At Home
  • Score: 2

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