Primary school staff vote to strike if suspended headteacher returns

The Brent & Kilburn Times is reporting that staff at a primary school in Sudbury whose headteacher has been suspended has threatened to strike if she returns.

More than 40 teachers and support staff from Sudbury Primary School in Watford Road, voted unanimously to take industrial action if Uma Pandya is reinstated.

The workers voted 43 in favour of striking with two against in a secret ballot.

Ms Pandya was removed from her post following allegation of “gross negligence”.

An investigation into the claims is currently taking place…

Staff at the school had previously unanimously made a vote of no confidence in Ms Pandya and there was anger that governors had not replied to any correspondence sent to them. 

Hank Roberts, secretary of Brent’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), told workers that they would be paid for any strike action taken.

He also added that a priority was to let parents know what’s happening…

Bob Wharton, chair of governors, told the Times: “An independent investigation is in progress. We cannot comment further.”

The school is currently being overseen by acting headteacher Kamini Mistry.

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Wouldn’t it be more appropriate for the staff to wait for the outcome of the investigation rather than saying what they will or won’t do at this stage?

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  1. An earlier report into the head’s suspension (26 November 2015) said Ofsted had visited the academy and a report was ‘imminent’.  It’s not on Ofsted’s website yet.
    The difficulty here is that it’s the responsibility of the academy trust to investigate allegations of bullying by staff.  This is not independent.  Even if the trust pays for an inquiry it cannot be described as independent.  Such cases should be investigated by an independent body hired by, say, a Regional Schools Commissioner, the DfE or even the LA with the cost being recouped from the school after the inquiry is complete.

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