Have teachers, parents, governors, the headteacher and the local MP all been lied to about St Aloysius College in Islington?
The teachers struck before the summer holidays over new school buildings that had been so poorly designed that they were unsafe.
Workers and parents called for an existing building, “block B”, to be retained. But officials refused, saying that would mean making big penalty payments to contractor Balfour Beatty.
Yet a response that finally came back to a Freedom of Information Act request says, “There are no penalty charges payable... in the event that block B is not demolished.”
Block B is gone—the bulldozers moved in over summer. But at least we now know who is to blame.
Ken Muller, Assistant secretary, Islington NUT
NUT branch officers meet
Some 148 branch officers met for three days last week at the National Union of Teachers training centre near Grantham.
General secretary Christine Blower reported from the TUC and party political conferences. She also gave special encouragement to members to book coaches for the Unite Against Fascism protest in London on 6 November.
Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney talked about getting members from every school to London for a mass protest next March.
He also spoke on defending comprehensive education and pensions.
The event spread ideas for the fights, with perhaps the best story coming from Redbridge, London.
Faced with managers who wouldn’t even allow staff to debate academy plans on site, they booked a bus, parked it outside the school and took the members’ vote to oppose it there.
Nick Grant, NUT national executive