HIGHAMS PARK: School strike to go ahead

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LAST-DITCH talks aimed at averting a strike at a primary school tomorrow (May 23) have failed.

At least 25 teachers at Selwyn School in Cavendish Road, Highams Park, will stage the one-day walk-out in protest at the school's management.

A public meeting last week heard allegations from staff of bullying and harassment by temporary headteacher Maureen Okoye.

The National Union of Teachers held talks with Waltham Forest Council on Friday (May 20) in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

Branch secretary Rinaldo Frezzato said the authority offered to launch an independent investigation into the bullying claims, but he said this was "too little too late".

He added: "If the council had investigated in March when we first raised these concerns they would probably have averted this strike.

"We told them of these issues but they didn't believe us."

In a statement last week, Cllr Saima Mahmud, the council's cabinet member for children and young people, said she "utterly refuted" the claims made by teachers.

Staff voted unanimously to take industrial action earlier this month.

The NUT says it will be only the second time in the history of Waltham Forest that staff at a primary school have gone on strike.

The Guardian understands that the school will be closed to pupils tomorrow.

The Guardian is awaiting a comment from Waltham Forest Council.

More to follow.

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12:36pm Mon 23 May 11

Oliver_Highams_Park says...

I would very much like to know how Cllr Saima Mahmud could 'utterly refute' claims despite the fact no independent investigation has taken place.

"In a statement last week, Cllr Saima Mahmud, the council's cabinet member for children and young people, said she "utterly refuted" the claims made by teachers."

"Branch secretary Rinaldo Frezzato said the authority offered to launch an independent investigation into the bullying claims, but he said this was "too little too late"."
I would very much like to know how Cllr Saima Mahmud could 'utterly refute' claims despite the fact no independent investigation has taken place. "In a statement last week, Cllr Saima Mahmud, the council's cabinet member for children and young people, said she "utterly refuted" the claims made by teachers." "Branch secretary Rinaldo Frezzato said the authority offered to launch an independent investigation into the bullying claims, but he said this was "too little too late"." Oliver_Highams_Park
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8:27pm Mon 23 May 11

Redfox says...

So Selwyn's new imposing HT is not going down a bundle eh. Has she been moved? (I hope), shifted? (who cares), transferred ! (perleese), from Davies Lane School she is one person who rules akin to someone giving herself "too high a station in life", gets up everyone's noses, doesn't care for friendly banter in the staff room and is completely misguided in her beleaf she is headed for stardom.
She needs to take note of Mrs Michelle Obama and set her as a role model, not cast herself as one.
If she stays instead of coming back to DL, more the better. Sorry Selwyn.
So Selwyn's new imposing HT is not going down a bundle eh. Has she been moved? (I hope), shifted? (who cares), transferred ! (perleese), from Davies Lane School she is one person who rules akin to someone giving herself "too high a station in life", gets up everyone's noses, doesn't care for friendly banter in the staff room and is completely misguided in her beleaf she is headed for stardom. She needs to take note of Mrs Michelle Obama and set her as a role model, not cast herself as one. If she stays instead of coming back to DL, more the better. Sorry Selwyn. Redfox
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8:58am Tue 24 May 11

dannyboy667 says...

Good luck and best wishes to the teachers at Selwyn today from a Selwyn parent.

Collective action against bullying and heavy-handed management is a welcome response.
Good luck and best wishes to the teachers at Selwyn today from a Selwyn parent. Collective action against bullying and heavy-handed management is a welcome response. dannyboy667
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8:08pm Tue 24 May 11

Tom Thumb says...

Unless she has spoken to all the teachers involved, how can Cllr Mahmud "utterly refute" their claims?
It seems an astonishing situation that the entire teaching body and the deputy head are united in their objections to the acting head. Cllr Mahmud needs to explain why she is 100% confident all these individuals are wrong.
Unless she has spoken to all the teachers involved, how can Cllr Mahmud "utterly refute" their claims? It seems an astonishing situation that the entire teaching body and the deputy head are united in their objections to the acting head. Cllr Mahmud needs to explain why she is 100% confident all these individuals are wrong. Tom Thumb
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