MP Wants Minister To Mediate In School

Andrew George, MP

Scilly’s MP says he’s found a way which could help resolve issues at the Five Islands School.

Andrew George has asked the Department for Education to get involved and provide an independent investigation following the suspension of the head teacher.

He says he isn’t asking for them to take over the school though. He wants the DfE involved because of their understanding of education

The process has uncovered what the MP calls ‘underlying issues’ in the relationship between the Governors and the Council. Andrew feels that someone from the Ministry could mediate and work towards bringing both parties together.

Andrew was copied into the detailed letter of allegations and complaints that the governors sent to the Council. He feels there are a number of issues raised and a third party is needed to broker discussions into resolving matters.

Andrew says the detailed governors’ letter of allegations will need addressing and discussing and he hopes the parties involved will take up any offer of assistance that is offered.

Andrew says he feels a Minister may want to take on a mediation role to try and encourage constructive dialogue between the Council and Governors.

Andrew has been answering Radio Scilly listener questions about the investigation. He says strong views have been aired on both sides but he says he has not been made aware of anyone feeling threatened or intimidated during the affair.

Islander Ann Pearson asked the MP whether he had experienced such a high degree of staff discontent, referring to the 49 signatures on the petition against the head teacher.

Andrew says he hasn’t heard of such an action previously but there are workplace disputes in schools that he has been made aware of. When asked whether he would voice support for staff who signed the vote of no confidence, the MP said he applauds their work and would be happy to talk with them when he is over on July 19th.

He says no teachers have made contact with him so far.


4 Responses to MP Wants Minister To Mediate In School

  1. Fiona Robson July 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    A very good point sir. I think that when all emerges from the suspension of the Head Teacher people will realise why and wonder why the Governors were not 100% behind the Teaching Staff and Council.

  2. Frank Gray July 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    A further question if I may? This letter from the Governors lawyers (as recommnded by the Diocese we hear) was it signed by every single Governor or just by some? Did some Governors decline to sign it? Just interested from an Honesty, Ethics etc point of view.

  3. Frank Gray July 5, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Since the previous report and comments on our MP’s views have been removed, may I restate TomD’s comment from before, with which I agree? It would probably be a good idea to wait a short while until the 2 commissioned reports can be read by the interested parties including Mr George before deciding about any Inquiry or Mediation?

    • TomD July 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks Frank. This MP has absolutely no insight into this unhappy situation, he is simply looking for an opportunity to be vocal. There are two completed investigations into two quite separate concerns. The independent auditors who investigated the alleged finacial irregularities, and the independent head teacher from North Somerset who looked into the vote of no confidenece are the vehicles to understanding the facts behind the issues. This MP should wait until the evidence is laid for us all to digest, then if he sees fit, he might make an informed comment.