Socialist Worker

Teacher reinstated after 'bullying' dispute

by Stefan Simms
Issue No. 2248

Staff and students at Villiers High school in Southall, west London ended last term on a high.

After a long dispute over management bullying at the school, the head teacher has still not returned.

She has not been to work since February.

One person who has been welcomed back to the school is head of maths and NUT teachers’ union rep Amerjit Virdee.

The dispute included strikes and walkouts by both staff and students, as well as Acas concliation service talks and a huge public meeting calling for the head’s departure.

Amerjt was suspended in January—the last repressive act of the head. He has won an appeal against his sacking.

Another much-loved member of the school has also returned to work after a lengthy stress-related absence.To cap it all Amerjit was also elected unopposed as a staff governor in the last week of term.

The re-constituted governing body has set up an independent investigation into the winter turmoil at the school, supported by the unions.

The workers and the governing body are now looking to revert the school back from Foundation status to the fully council-controlled Community status.


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