Parents and the community in Deptford need to be informed and consulted about the proposals being rushed through to convert Tidemill Primary School to an academy, with the intent of making a profit.
Tidemill Primary School headmaster Mark Elms is proposing that the school become an academy.
Emotions run high whenever our children’s education is involved. For me, it is all the more personal as I have been an educator for the last 25 years and I am passionate about education and the transformative outcomes.
In a recent letter in the Guardian (14 April 2010), Mark Elms signs his name to: (and I quote)
“There is absolutely no research consensus around the achievements of Swedish “free schools” or American charter schools. A few flatpack free schools will not reform a national system.” – Letter to The Guardian
- The governors have registered an online interest in Tidemill becoming an academy.
- On the 7th July, the school provided a questionnaire to ask them to tick if they required information about academy status.
- A cut and paste letter (please see attached) complete with FAQs, selectively edited segments from the government website, was handed to children on the 19th July for their parents. The school stated that the governors have begun a period of consultation to gather views of parents and staff to span the next two months (i.e. during summer holidays).
- On the 8th September at 8am to 9am (1 hour only) a meeting is arranged for parents to share their views, after which the governors go into a meeting to finalise their decision about academy status.
- In the July newsletter Mark Elms states that they are planning to canvas 5 parents from each class (“randomly selected”) to run through questions on how they “feel about the Academy issue”.
- Parents with questions are invited to email email@example.com during the holiday break.
Of course we should explore new ideas, but let us support them with our eyes fully open.
- Leila Galloway
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