Leicester turban row school closed by strike action

Headteacher Tim Luckcock wearing a turban. Tim Luckcock insisted wearing the turban was a mark of respect

Related Stories

A strike has closed a school at the centre of a racism row over pictures of the head teacher wearing a turban.

Teachers at Leicester's Uplands Junior School have taken action over planned restructuring which could see several teaching assistants lose their jobs.

Earlier this month head teacher Tim Luckcock denied being a racist after the pictures of him were posted online.

Mr Luckcock blamed some of the reaction on the staffing review, which has also lead to calls for his resignation.

He posted the pictures on his Facebook account, along with comments he had "nearly gone native".

Independent investigation

However he defended himself and said he felt "misrepresented in the context of a very controversial staffing review".

Uplands Junior School The junior school is closed but the infant school is open as usual

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said it had been disputing the review for 12 months and the entire teaching staff had passed a vote of no confidence in Mr Luckcock in March.

The school's governing body said it had proposed an independent investigation into both the review and staff complaints.

In a statement, the school said: "The governing body is understandably frustrated that while it is doing everything possible to reach a solution the unions are not prepared to wait for the outcome of the investigation before deciding to strike.

"We would question what it is that the unions would have us do differently so as to avoid having to close the school?"

But Ian Leaver from the NUT said: "To be honest, I don't see how the investigation can take place openly and be in a place where people feel they can talk with the head still in place.

"I believe he should be suspended pending the outcome of that investigation."

Uplands Infant School is open as normal.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Leicester



6 °C 2 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Dana Lone HillDana Lone Hill

    The Native American names that break Facebook rules

  • Painting from Rothschild collectionDark arts Watch

    The 50-year fight to recover paintings looted by the Nazis

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Signposts showing the US and UK flagsCrossed lines

    How British misunderstanding of the US is growing

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StudentsBull market

    Employers are snapping up students with this desirable degree


  • 3D model of Christ the Redeemer statueClick Watch

    Using drones to 3D map the famous Brazilian landmark Christ the Redeemer

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.