Politicians respond to pause on headteachers redundancy plans

Mo Yasin
Mo Yasin

MP Mohammad Yasin and Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson have welcomed the latest news about the HEART Academies Trust.

The trust yesterday announced that it was pausing its plans to make the headteachers, deputy heads and assistant heads at three Bedford primary schools redundant.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson. PNL-151216-140348001

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson. PNL-151216-140348001

And a mediator is being brought in from the Department for Education.

Mr Yasin said: “I’m pleased that this process has been suspended, but while it’s encouraging that the Regional schools commissioner will ‘mediate’, whatever that means, what’s needed here is a recognition that these plans in their current form are completely unsupported by parents, students and teaching staff.

“Scrap them, and build on the recent improvements that these schools have made under the existing staff.”

And Mayor Dave gave only a cautious welcome to the news, saying: “As parent campaigners have said, this is a welcome development.

“However, as things stand HEART’s damaging plans have been paused, not changed, and there is a lot of work to be done and trust to be rebuilt.”

Read more:

This week’s story - plans put on hold
Last week’s story - school bosses accused of “betrayal”
Parents response this week
Reasons for the proposed changes
Details of the prioposed changes
What comes next?