Adrian Swain, National Union of Teachers representative at St Paul's Way school in East London, faces a decision by the headteacher to start disciplinary proceedings against him for non-compliance with a recently-imposed dress code.
See comments, below, for updates. Please sign the petition (attached) and return it to NUT representative, St Paul's Way Community School, Shelmerdine Close, London E3 4AN.
Below is the motion adopted by the school NUT group.
The union group notes
• the Headteacher has decided to impose a staff dress code without any form of consultation taking place
• the Headteacher has still not made clear to all staff what she actually means by ‘appropriate’ dress
• this dress-code has been enforced in an arbitrary fashion (some members have been issued with warnings while others have not).
• given the many challenging and important issues that school has to face today, the implementation and enforcement of a dress-code is an unnecessary distraction and creates an unsettling and divisive atmosphere
• the Headteacher has decided to begin disciplinary proceedings against the NUT rep, Adrian Swain.
We call upon the Headteacher to drop the disciplinary proceedings.
We call upon the ELTA Secretary to write to the Headteacher and the Chair of the IEB condemning the decision to begin disciplinary proceedings against Adrian Swain and to send a mailing to all NUT groups in Tower Hamlets informing them of the campaign and encouraging them to support it.
We call upon the ELTA officers/committee to include this (the decision to begin disciplinary proceedings against our NUT Rep and our resulting campaign in his support) as an item on the agenda of the next ELTA General Members’ meeting.
We call upon the ELTA Secretary to investigate this and other practices (e.g. alleged bullying, capability proceedings) currently going on at St Paul’s Way Community School and to meet with members to discuss these issues.
We resolve to set up a campaign to defend Adrian Swain and bring about an end to the disciplinary proceedings. This will involve circulating a petition and informing other union groups/branches across London about the campaign, inviting them to send letters of protest to the Headteacher and the Chair of the IEB and messages of support to St Paul’s Way Union Group.
We resolve to meet and discuss other forms of action should our requests not be met.
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