The Leicester Mercury is reporting that ten teachers have resigned from a local primary school and will leave at Christmas.
Uplands Junior School, in Highfields, has been in special measures since January last year.
At the end of May, Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan ordered that the school become an academy.
She replaced the interim executive board (IEB) – appointed by Leicester City Council to turn the school’s fortunes around – with one of her own choosing.
The school is now in the process of converting into an academy sponsored by the L.E.A.D. Academy Trust, based in Nottingham.
Staff are also in dispute with the school’s newly appointed IEB over excessive monitoring and observations taking place.
Ian Leaver, assistant secretary for Leicester’s National Union of Teachers (NUT) has written to interim head Moira Hunt to try to resolve the situation.
He said: “For ten teachers to resign, the majority with no job to go to, is unprecedented and reflects the frustration and anger at the way they have been treated by members of the new IEB.
“They are deeply concerned about the impact of this on students, but don’t believe that the current IEB has any plan, other than forcing the school to become an academy, to help support the improvements that staff were working on through the school year 2014-15…”
Ofsted inspectors last visited the school on June 17 and 18 and found it was still not making enough progress…
This doesn’t sound good but if the school is in special measures and deemed still not to be making enough progress presumably things do need to be changed?
Any local insights or thoughts on what seems to be going on here?
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