Darwen Vale school staff set to strike

Blackburn Citizen: Darwen Vale High School Darwen Vale High School

STAFF at a high school are poised to go on strike after pleas for a community vote were unsuccessful.

Teachers at Darwen Vale High School could strike within weeks after a ballot saw support for strike action.

A decision to strike, over the forced academisation of the school, is expected to be formalised at a meeting on Monday.

Both Blackburn with Darwen Council and union leaders asked academy consultees to consider implementing a community vote on the issue of whether an academy is wanted.

The preferred sponsor The Aldridge Foundation and a company overseeing the consultation, Local Dialogue, are said to have refused the plan.

It comes after Blackburn with Darwen Council said parents should have more say.

Darwen Town Council has also voiced objections to the consultation process.

The formal change will come into place later this year, with the Aldridge Foundation, which runs Darwen Academy, as preferred sponsors.

Union leader Claire Ward, a Darwen Vale teacher and the regional representative for NASUWT, said she had yet to meet with staff to formalise the plan, but that a ballot had supported a strike, adding: “We haven’t met with staff, but they know of the plan to strike because we have already ballotted. Once we have, we need to give seven formal days notice of a strike.

“Right up to the end of term we were asking for there to be a true consultation, including taking a real vote on support for an academy. We don’t agree with academisation at all but it’s really all down to the lack of consultation.”

Education councillor at Blackburn with Darwen Council Dave Harling said: “A strike is often the result when a union feels there is nothing else can be done. I think it’s a shame that they are in this frustrating position. I just hope some resolution can be found and an agreement reached.”

The Aldridge Foundation said it would be inappropriate to comment.

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5:36pm Wed 28 May 14

warren2007 says...

Bet they don't get fined for making the kids miss a day at school absolute joke
Bet they don't get fined for making the kids miss a day at school absolute joke warren2007
  • Score: -19

6:20pm Wed 28 May 14

WilliamF1954 says...

This from a school who ask for a Doctors note if the child is off school for one day?

If the lazy useless teachers go on strike
a) Fine them
b) Sack them

They get a state of the art building and still manage to mess up kids education.
This from a school who ask for a Doctors note if the child is off school for one day? If the lazy useless teachers go on strike a) Fine them b) Sack them They get a state of the art building and still manage to mess up kids education. WilliamF1954
  • Score: -19

7:34pm Wed 28 May 14

Sister Wendy says...

2 high schools in Darwen...both 'overseen' by the same company...meaning that Darwen children have no real choice unless they go further afield (and are church goers!! ) I for one, do not think this is fair..surely a case of monopolisation???
2 high schools in Darwen...both 'overseen' by the same company...meaning that Darwen children have no real choice unless they go further afield (and are church goers!! ) I for one, do not think this is fair..surely a case of monopolisation??? Sister Wendy
  • Score: 40

8:05pm Wed 28 May 14

not too old to care says...

Teachers!
Not a good example to be setting for your students.
Education standards have been falling for the last 40 years.
You can't blame that on the Academy system, So it's down to either the kids, their parents or dare I say it, you.
Tell you what, let's all have a vote on that. Guess who'll lose.
Teachers! Not a good example to be setting for your students. Education standards have been falling for the last 40 years. You can't blame that on the Academy system, So it's down to either the kids, their parents or dare I say it, you. Tell you what, let's all have a vote on that. Guess who'll lose. not too old to care
  • Score: -21

10:04pm Wed 28 May 14

Nelson J says...

Full support for the staff at Darwen Vale for standing up to the bullying DfE who want to take away the choice for children and parents in Darwen. Aldridge must not be given a third school in Darwen, local people deserve to have their voices heard.
Full support for the staff at Darwen Vale for standing up to the bullying DfE who want to take away the choice for children and parents in Darwen. Aldridge must not be given a third school in Darwen, local people deserve to have their voices heard. Nelson J
  • Score: 27

10:29pm Wed 28 May 14

phil kernot says...

Sack the lot of em thay squabble worse than the kids in the playground
Sack the lot of em thay squabble worse than the kids in the playground phil kernot
  • Score: -22

11:25pm Wed 28 May 14

mrs... says...

I fully support the staff of Darwen Vale. They are the ones who work within the education sector, they probably know better than anyone the effect ANOTHER Aldridge Business will have. Darwen folk will soon be stripped of any choice of school as it will just be DACA 1 and DACA 2. At the very least a different aponsor should be considered. Soon they will be renaming the town Aldridge.
I fully support the staff of Darwen Vale. They are the ones who work within the education sector, they probably know better than anyone the effect ANOTHER Aldridge Business will have. Darwen folk will soon be stripped of any choice of school as it will just be DACA 1 and DACA 2. At the very least a different aponsor should be considered. Soon they will be renaming the town Aldridge. mrs...
  • Score: 15

7:01am Thu 29 May 14

caballo says...

Another building renovated at our expense then handed over. good on the teachers, lets hope the parents back them.
Another building renovated at our expense then handed over. good on the teachers, lets hope the parents back them. caballo
  • Score: 15

7:48am Thu 29 May 14

78Samba says...

Anybody arguing the schools teachers shouldn't strike. You seriously need to find out why they are proposing to do that! If you want your school run by a IMO bunch of business politition types, then don't back the teachers on this... If you want Darwen Vale to be Darwen Vale, get involved, find out what 'going down' at Darwen Vale before it is too late. I'm not a fan of striking myself, but I am behind the teachers on this one! Drastic measure must now be taken. Good luck!
Anybody arguing the schools teachers shouldn't strike. You seriously need to find out why they are proposing to do that! If you want your school run by a IMO bunch of business politition types, then don't back the teachers on this... If you want Darwen Vale to be Darwen Vale, get involved, find out what 'going down' at Darwen Vale before it is too late. I'm not a fan of striking myself, but I am behind the teachers on this one! Drastic measure must now be taken. Good luck! 78Samba
  • Score: 6

8:09am Thu 29 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

If the teachers go on strike, how will we be able to tell?
If the teachers go on strike, how will we be able to tell? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: -9

9:26am Thu 29 May 14

Sister Wendy says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
If the teachers go on strike, how will we be able to tell?
The cars won't be parked outside the school from 7 am until 6pm...and you won't see them carrying large bags/suitcases full of books to be marked for the following day!
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: If the teachers go on strike, how will we be able to tell?[/p][/quote]The cars won't be parked outside the school from 7 am until 6pm...and you won't see them carrying large bags/suitcases full of books to be marked for the following day! Sister Wendy
  • Score: 12

9:26am Thu 29 May 14

Sister Wendy says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
If the teachers go on strike, how will we be able to tell?
The cars won't be parked outside the school from 7 am until 6pm...and you won't see them carrying large bags/suitcases full of books to be marked for the following day!
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: If the teachers go on strike, how will we be able to tell?[/p][/quote]The cars won't be parked outside the school from 7 am until 6pm...and you won't see them carrying large bags/suitcases full of books to be marked for the following day! Sister Wendy
  • Score: 9

9:28am Thu 29 May 14

Pyewacket2 says...

Privatised profits and socialised debts !!
Privatised profits and socialised debts !! Pyewacket2
  • Score: 12

11:57am Thu 29 May 14

tonyk74 says...

Worst teachers in Blackburn and Darwen
Worst teachers in Blackburn and Darwen tonyk74
  • Score: -11

8:13pm Thu 29 May 14

freddibnahsflatcap says...

Teachers can only do so much, parents have to take responsibility and so does the system... Moving to an academy would mean teachers cover classes for ill teachers. This would mean less time to plan and mark work which in turn would mean worse teaching. This will inevitably mean lower grades for pupils.

Striking is the last resort but only functional if all union members take part. It is not a day off, okay if its official the union pay you for the day from a pot of money but what would you prefer, a tired teacher with no energy or a teacher that is able to perform to the best of their abilities?
Teachers can only do so much, parents have to take responsibility and so does the system... Moving to an academy would mean teachers cover classes for ill teachers. This would mean less time to plan and mark work which in turn would mean worse teaching. This will inevitably mean lower grades for pupils. Striking is the last resort but only functional if all union members take part. It is not a day off, okay if its official the union pay you for the day from a pot of money but what would you prefer, a tired teacher with no energy or a teacher that is able to perform to the best of their abilities? freddibnahsflatcap
  • Score: 9

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