Redundancies at schools

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 9, 2014


JOBS look set to go at two Isle of Wight schools.

Voluntary redundancy consultation has begun at Medina and Carisbrooke Colleges..

Support staff are at risk at Medina College, while teachers and support staff could go at Carisbrooke.

In a statement issued today (Thursday),chair of governors, Terence Hart, said they had to face some difficult decisions as they tried to improve standards.

He said: "With the support of the trustees, governing body, local authority, guidance from Ofsted, and the dedication of our two headteachers and their staff, we are determined to make the federation financially sustainable by balancing the budget available to us. 

"This will secure a basis for growth and development whilst continuing to offer the most appropriate curriculum pathways for our students. As part of this plan, we have today launched a voluntary redundancy programme."

Carisbrooke headteacher Peter Shaw said: "Like many other public organisations, a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Carisbrooke College budget has been underway for some time now; this obviously needs to include staffing and our logical first step is to explore whether some voluntary redundancies are possible in the first instance.

"This will not distract us in any way from our primary goal of removing Carisbrooke from special measures as soon as possible."

Medina headteacher Nathan Thomas said: "In order to maintain a balanced budget in the next financial year, we are reviewing our staffing structure.

"In the first instance we are talking to support staff to explore the possibility of voluntary redundancies. Our key priority has always been and will continue to be, to provide a system that underpins the raising of attainment and ensures all our students are safe and well supported."


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by Marie Cheverton

10th January 2014, at 12:22:08

If the cuts of support staff is too severe in a school, the pupils who are in need of the support will suffer and I cannot see how support staff can balance the budget, as they are poorly paid for what they do anyway.

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by Marie Cheverton

10th January 2014, at 12:10:13

Support staff in schools are the unsung heroes of the education system.

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by Valerie Ching

10th January 2014, at 11:13:13

From the quote, Nathan Thomas seems to be looking at support staff,for redundancies rather than teachers.

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by David Shoulder

10th January 2014, at 06:20:17

To address the cross Island problem the analysis has to correctly identify the root cause. The root cause lies outside the school gates. Too many non aspirational, non engaged parents and the consequent affect on their offspring and very quicklyb- their offspring.

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by Stephen Elliott

9th January 2014, at 23:21:35

This is about raising standards ie getting rid of failing teachers and bringing in more dynamic and competent new teachers to raise standards and rise to challenges and Not accepting the same old same old

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by Mat Thomas

9th January 2014, at 18:18:34

Union members will need to be consulted over these initiatives and actions short of Strike actions (Work to rule) and strike actions contemplated should be included in a ballot. Any potential new members will need to contact union officials for appropriate forms.Volunteer redundancy, early retirement and natural wastage are the norms of phase one and compulsory redundancy in phase 2. This is only the start and no job is safe. An injury to one is an injury to all.Get organised to help yourselves.

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by James McAdder

9th January 2014, at 12:24:26

Let us hope that, if it is the teaching staff that is to be cut, the right teachers decide to go.

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by Will Matthews

9th January 2014, at 12:11:32

Sorry, where does it actually say that? Unless I've missed something... I'd like to see you actually do something to help instead criticizing at every step...

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