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OASIS ACADEMY MEDIACITYUK TEACHER SHAMBLES
 

Star date: 13th January 2012 

AFTER TEACHER SACKINGS OASIS RECRUITS MATHS TEACHER

Just before Christmas, Oasis Academy MediaCityUK made 13 teaching staff redundant as a part of a gross cost cutting exercise which led to a bitter dispute including five days of strikes and a pupil riot at the school.

Now, Salford Star can reveal that Oasis is trying to recruit a maths teacher, having just made one redundant, and is employing a costly PR company to "promote the new £25million Oasis Academy MediaCityUK"…

Full story here…


Five days of strikes, a pupil riot and almost national condemnation were the results of Oasis Academy MediaCityUK (former Hope High) losing 13 teaching staff before Christmas to cut costs (see here).

With the ink barely dry on those redundancy notices - which included one for the maths teacher - a Salford Star reader has discovered that the school is actually recruiting a new maths teacher to start in April this year.

The recruitment advert was posted yesterday on the agency ITN Mark Education website (see here) and is for a Department Head – Maths

"Oasis Academy MediaCityUK is an Academy with a mission to be outstanding. Although this is a challenging expectation…" the advert states. Very challenging, especially when you lose a third of your staff…

"Why are they appointing a new Maths teacher after making an excellent one redundant at Christmas?" asks the Salford Star reader "I thought that department was over capacity…"

Meanwhile, Oasis cost cutting obviously doesn't extend to costly PR exercises, with the news that Polaris PR has been employed to push the new `stalag' £25million Oasis Academy MediaCityUK building on Trafford Road which is due to open in September.

"The tough economic climate is making it even more critical for firms to vigorously promote themselves to increase their profile and sales" says Polaris director Ben Pinnington.

Our Salford Star reader says "How much is this PR firm costing? They need the PR, though, following the articles in TES and BBC etc. Let's hope that the cost is worth reducing the amount spent on learning materials…"

wrote
at 06:20:55 on 03 October 2013
Just to let you know Ottley O'Connor got sacked this morning!!! You know the saying, Karma is a real bitch!!!
 
Wonderer wrote
at 22:04:08 on 25 January 2012
Lots of jobs available at the academy I notice today! How? http://www.oasisacademymediacityuk.org/work-with-us/recruitment-vacancies/ Recruitment Vacancies •Teaching Assistant 2 Application Pack •Lead Practitioner in Mathematics Application Pack •Teacher Of English 14 05 10 •Youth Worker Intern x 2 •Primary Transition Worker Intern x 2 •PR and Marketing Intern •Fundraiser Intern
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 06:36:47 on 19 January 2012
I remember some time back looking at a academy school in London and ALL the teachers had to sign an aggrement to teach christian beliefs,is this the case here at the Oasis. The teachers who were made redundant do we know if they were asked to sign anything. There was a connection to Chalk and the then head of Childrens services by ways of the church they used. Did question this at the time, but came up against a brick wall.
 
Ed Masters wrote
at 19:41:49 on 18 January 2012
Oasis is just a shambles . What chance have students got in this rotten , dead city ? Media city cleaners and car park attendants ?
 
Matthew wrote
at 16:05:41 on 18 January 2012
It appears the academy now wants an English teacher as well: http://www.oasisacademymediacityuk.org/work-with-us/recruitment-vacancies/view/item110251/
 
survivor wrote
at 20:37:06 on 16 January 2012
'wrote' appears to work at OAMCUK also. He would then know that the disposed of maths teacher was the only one to be graded outstanding last year. Why get rid of the best teacher? He was also shortlisted for the Head of Department job I believe, then got rid f a few weeks later? The whole thing stinks. Plus an English teacher has been paid on full whack despite not being in work for 2 years. Plus the last 2 Deputies have been moved to OAMCUK for 2 terms each before being set up as Principals at other Oasis Academies, not great for the kids in Salford. If stories like this are not discussed and reported then organisations will always feel they can get away with anything, I think they feel untouchable. Maybe I can get a job at the Brit school when it opens at the Quays, I cannot wait to get out.
 
Matthew wrote
at 12:36:22 on 16 January 2012
A further response to BillyW. Surely if the finance can be found to employ a PR firm to promote the school, it could have been found to retain the now redundant staff until the end of the academic year, thereby giving those staff members adequate time to find alternative employment and reducing the disruption to the education of students at the school. Yes, redundancies happen in all sectors, but the way in which the process has been handled in this case has been an insult to the hard-working staff who have brought about massive improvements in achievement at the school. 'Wrote' however, is wrong to describe Oasis as 'fundamentalism' christian organisation. I have read a lot of the works of Steve Chalke, the Head of Oasis, and he is about as far from fundamentalist as you are likely to get. In fact, he has got himself into trouble for expressing anti-fundamentalist views. At the same time, it is despicable that the Head of Maths was sacked simply because he is a practising Muslim. What about the ethos of inclusivity that Oasis promotes?
 
wrote
at 09:20:20 on 16 January 2012
In response to Billy W. The current second in Maths who is acting up, (as head of department) in the last 18 months has overseen not only the best Maths results in the school's history but in the entire Oasis chain. The post of head of department was advertised and interviewed for at the beginning of the year. Despite the improvement in results the acting second in department does not fit the Oasis corporate image. (over 50) If Oasis had seen fit to appoint the acting head of department it would of saved a job. However, given that the member of staff who was sacked was a practising muslim (working for a fundamentalism christian organistation)questions have to be raised as to what their motivation was in not promoting the second in department, based on results they clearly were the best person for the job. The Muslim maths teacher who lost his job had been disciplined by the senior management for attending to his daily 5 prays a day. In fact a deputy head used to time his how late he was after Friday prayers. A class organisation!!
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 21:30:11 on 15 January 2012
Billy W I'll just repeat what I wrote to Jeff, is it an ignorant rant to report events?
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 17:21:58 on 15 January 2012
Jeff, are you suggesting that the Salford Star should only give a rose tinted view of Salford? If there is anything positive to write why not do it yourself? I know the Salford Star would be more than hppy to give it space online.
 
BillyW wrote
at 17:21:46 on 15 January 2012
Redundancies happen all the time inside and outside education so lets get this whole Oasis Academy issue back to reality. Just because they are appointing a Head of Maths because the position is unfilled at the moment doesn't mean they are doing anything wrong, in fact does this not mean they want more for the children and staff of Salford appointing the right person. Just because they made one maths teacher redundant does not mean that person had Head of Department suitability. Would you really just move that person into the Head of Maths position when they are not suitable - get a grip people!! You need to think of the children in all this. and agreed with jeff "ignorant rant" is just that. Writing a story on something you obviously know not much about is ignorance at it's finest together with comments from people who have no idea. Get off the band wagon and put things into perspective. This new school in Ordsall will be one of the best things that have happened to families in the area and the sooner you real;ise that the better.
 
jeff wrote
at 05:42:05 on 15 January 2012
i see you revert to personal comments, i think that my brain is developed just fine, thank you. as to this rags obsession with this school its unhealthy. i will ask again does this media moaner have anything positive to say ? i would have thought jiffy has a bright story from Salford.
 
Matthew wrote
at 15:05:42 on 14 January 2012
As much as I want to support what this school is trying to do for the people of Salford, I have to agree with everything that No-one said. This whole redundancy process has been a calamity from start to finish, resulting in Oasis having to hire a no doubt expensive PR firm to promote the school before its move to Salford Quays. Most of the other schools that Oasis sponsors are doing perfectly well, so why has Salford been such a disaster? I can only hope that the new building (which, far from being a 'stalag' could be the best thing to happen to Ordsall in a long time) gives the school the boost that it needs, because the pupils deserve a lot better from their education than what they are being provided with at the moment.
 
Jiffy wrote
at 15:05:37 on 14 January 2012
Jeff. Please keep your dim comments confined to the dark workings of your undeveloped brain . Without the Salford Star the skulduggery , dubious deals , and venality in this dead city would never be reported . Perhaps you are a Secret Salford Clowncil Apologist ? Rational thought will provide a cure . The Oasis Academy fiasco is scandalous , and needs reporting . A shame you can't see that . Perhaps you should restrict your reading to the 'Strife in Salford ' council comic .
 
Nachschlepper wrote
at 15:04:23 on 14 January 2012
Is reporting what is going on an ignorant rant? Don't you just love it when you start to get to people? You know they hate the truth to be told & resort to trying to disparage the messenger.
 
No-one wrote
at 05:08:59 on 14 January 2012
What a kick in the teeth for staff who have been made redundant. This organisation is a law unto itself. I am all for the unions, but what can they do? They seem powerless? From what I have read the whole redundancy procedure was flawed from the outset. Oasis got rid of the wrong staff in the wrong departments, leaving themselves short in vital areas, and over capacity in other departments. What a mess. But what are the consequences for the organisation? Apparently nothing. The school has made great and steady progress over the last 5 years, many of those who helped this happen hae been treated like trash and thrown away in the redundancy process. This years results will be a real judgement on the policies and practices of the organisation, and even more so in the following year at Salford Quays. If the results dip then the organisation should be ashamed. For a Christian organisation to but money before the future of the young people of Salford is unforgiveable. Not only have they fleeced the pockets of those at the top of the organisation, but they refuse to help the school out by legitimately moving te money around between their other schools to support Oasis in Salford - virtually the best performing school in their 'portfolio'. I believe Steve Chalk, and other leaders in the organisation such as the Director of Education for Oasis didn't make any effort to communicate their thanks to the staff who left, many of whom had served the pupils of the school for a large part of their careers. I don't think this story should just be allowed to fade away. Why should this injusice go unpunished? Can any academy just do whatever it wants with no consequences?
 
jeff wrote
at 05:06:41 on 14 January 2012
another ignorant rant from the Salford Snooze. Say something positive about Salford or shut up shop.
 
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