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Petition to Paul Carter, kent county council, SLGGS GB

Issue a formal "Vote Of No Confidence" in Jane Robinson, present HT of Simon Langton GGS.

NOTE: This is a confidential petition. You remain confidential as long as you don't enter a comment in the comments box after signing it. There are very serious problems that have been occurring at SLGGS for a significant number of years - which include: The weight of allegations by parents, teachers and pupils of the disastrous and botched handling of the proposal to convert SLGGS into an Academy and the attempt to sponsor the Spires Academy in a newly formed Multi-Academy Trust and her catastrophic failure to manage her own and the conflicts of interests of other Governors at the school. (Source: Facebook SLGGS Academisation Group & SLGGS Meeting minutes) The very late removal of the Stakeholder Consultation evening that was scheduled for 8/6/16 @ 1900 hours. (Source: SLGGS Email Communication dated 7/6/16 @ 1716 hours) Serious allegations of bullying against current and former members of staff, which have resulted in approximately 22 grievances being filed with Kent County Council against Jane Robinson. (Source: KCC Education Department) The personal decision of Jane Robinson to distract herself by no longer remaining focussed solely on running and leading SLGGS (her school), and to partly focus her attentions elsewhere by creating an additional role for herself (Executive Principal of the Spires Academy). (Source: Spires Academy and SLGGS websites) The poor academic track record of Jane Robinson as Head Teacher of SLGGS; including the third lowest retention rates of SLGGS students into their 6th form (third lowest in the county), and the loss of OFSTED Outstanding School Status under her leadership. (Source: www.kentadvice.co.uk and OFSTED 2014 SLGGS report) The very serious allegations of lies being told by Jane Robinson to parents, pupils and teachers on issues such as the PSBP2 school rebuilding funding, which have been released in audio recordings that have been published on social media sources. (Source: Facebook SLGGS Academisation Group) The alleged unauthorised actions of Hugh Robinson (Jane Robinson’s husband) who is alleged to have worked on and amended the SLGGS budget finances during Q4 2015 and Q1 2016 which resulted in a forecast budget with a large deficit (circa -£0.5m) becoming a forecast budget with a small surplus. (Source: SLGGS Governing Body Meeting Minutes) The very serious allegations of the irretrievably and irrevocably broken relationships and the alleged serious breakdown in trust between Jane Robinson and the majority of the parents of her school. (Source: Facebook SLGGS Academisation Group) For these reasons and a number of others, we, the undersigned wish to file a formal "Vote Of No Confidence" in the ability of Jane Robinson to continue to lead the Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School.

Langton Parents
460 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Secretary for Education

Create a virtual school for children too unwell to attend school

I request that education secretary creates or sets in motion the creation of a virtual learning classroom available to all children who are unable to attend school due to health reasons. There are children all over the country unable to continue their education because of health problems. Tutors are sometimes made available this can be difficult access and due to funding take a long time to set in motion. Not all children with health issues are eligible for such help. All children who are unable to to attend school due to health issues should have access to high quality easy to access high quality online national curriculum content. My vision is a virtual learning classroom that a child could be referred to once it was clear they would be out of school for more than a couple of weeks. The VLC would be a mixture of recorded lessons for topics within the key stages which could be watched whenever a child felt well enough, questions and quizzes would allow both the child and school to monitor a child's learning. It would work in conjunction with the child's school or with a tutor who would list lessons to watch, mark work completed perhaps even add content. I would also like to see it include a forum where children who are unable to attend school due to health reasons can engage with other children using the virtual learning classroom. Isolation is as much of an issue as education. Why is this important? Until my daughter became ill with cancer I would have assumed something like this would already be in existence. It seems such an obvious idea. What upsets her most during her illness is missing out on learning as she loves school, she has a real thirst for knowledge. That and the feeling of isolation. Her school is fantastic and provides work but often she is too unwell to sit at a desk. Recorded lessons a child like her could watch in bed would be life changing. Children who are already under great stress due to their health issues should not also be worrying about their education. They should have simple straightforward access to high level content. All children deserve to have hopes, dreams and plans for the future. All children deserve to be able to expand their minds and horizons. All children deserve an education.

Samantha Kelly
138 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Nicky Morgan MP

Every school-based Support Staff, Deserves 52 weeks pay and they are GIVEN RECOGNITIONS they Deserve. Pay your school-based Support Staff/Teaching Assistants they don't get paid enough.

Oh no not another topic on school-based Support Staff, seems like a very hot topic in Schools locally and nationally. (Teachers always appreciates support from TA's) A recent publication from the EEF outlines the most effective methods of deploying teaching assistants, there is research being conducted into their best utilisation, and the national occupational standards are being reviewed. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/news/teaching-assistants-should-not-be-substitute-teachers-but-can-make-a-real-d/   Our school-based Support Staff, are not a “mums army” but education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they Deserve. Tories and their fan club have sought to undermine the work of school-based Support Staff, for the last decade. Along with the evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly, they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Today classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. All school-based Support Staff,  are not a “mum’s army” as Michael Gove so insultingly calling them. They are education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they deserve for 52-week pay.  The first thing Gove did was to abolish the school support staff negotiating body, having the audacity to call it a QUANGO. This malicious act denied nearly half a million, mainly female, hard working people the simple right to a national framework for their jobs, career structure and pay. Now they are listening to and quoting their fan club’s mantra. Apparently, according to them, you do not add value to Educational Outcomes. In fact, you can actually have a negative impact on pupils’ results, despite all the credible research and reports in the public domain. For example the one by the Institute of Education that showed that the more school-based Support Staff, has the better results its students achieve. Oh, no he won’t pay attention to that–that would cost him money, not save him money. He must understand we are teaching and supporting our children. Yes, you are Education’s Hidden Professionals. You are a vital, integral part of our education system, and you deserve to be recognised as such. Even the Government’s own inspectors (OFSTED) have identified and highlighted the professionalism of support staff in our schools and the positive difference you make to our children’s education. We want to raise standards of teaching and learning by ensuring learning support workers are appropriately qualified and skilled. The evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly; they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. Ensure that support staff receives fair and consistent pay and conditions appropriate to the overall role and responsibilities they undertake. Add your support so every school-based Support Staff, get the professional recognition they deserve. Picture from http://www.tafocus.co.uk 

Pushpa Makwana
37,878 supporters