Custom Search 1

Compensation for unfairly sacked black head teacher

HEARING: Dr. June Alexis

A BLACK head teacher unfairly sacked by a London council could soon find out how much she is due in compensation at a remedy hearing, taking place at the East London Employment Tribunal in the Docklands this week.

It is being reported that Dr. June Alexis could get as much as £500,000 in compensation after successfully challenging her October 2008 sacking by Haringey council.

The remedy hearing has run for much of today (Sept 20) and is scheduled to continue tomorrow (Sept 21).

Dr. Alexis is in line for compensation after successfully challenging her sacking as head teacher at the John Loughborough Seventh Day Adventist School in Tottenham, north London.

An employment tribunal that ruled last year that Dr. Alexis was unfairly dismissed from her £64,000 per year post at the school.

The tribunal heard that the council had said academic standards slumped under Dr. Alexis’ tenure but exam results later showed that students’ performances in Maths and English had improved.

Supporters told reporters in 2008 that Dr. Alexis was targeted in a campaign that at first tried to get her to resign her post then when she refused, tried to force her out – even by reportedly changing the school’s governing board.

The supporters said she was targeted after scrapping GNVQs in favour of traditional GCSEs.

The judgement also said Dr. Alexis had been “bullied over a prolonged period of time by the respondents to secure her removal.”

During the performance row, parents and children from the school and its Parents Teachers Association had peacefully protested, calling for her to be reinstated.

Haringey council is appealing the tribunal’s decision and has previously said it cannot comment pending the outcome.

Dr. Alexis, now an education consultant, told The Voice she still loves education and that she hoped her case offers hope to other black head teachers, employees and younger children.

“It’s important for the children who supported me so strongly to see that I stood up for injustice because this was a grave injustice,” she said. “I hope other black professionals who have (experienced) this sense of injustice will stand up. But also the people around you, that they will see the injustice and also stand up for you.”

To read what Dr. Alexis thinks of her potential compensation, see this week’s issue of The Voice, which is on sale on Thursday.

Subscribe to The Voice database!

We'd like to keep in touch with you regarding our daily newsletter, Voice competitions, promotions and marketing material and to further increase our reach with The Voice readers.

If interested, please click the below button to complete the subscription form.

We will never sell your data and will keep it safe and secure.

For further details visit our privacy policy.

You have the right to withdraw at any time, by clicking 'Unsubscribe'.

Facebook Comments