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Teachers set to strike at John Port school against academies

Issue No. 2238

Teachers were set to strike at John Port School in Derbyshire, the biggest in the county, on Thursday of this week—and action could spread to 14 other schools.

The strike, by NASUWT union members, is against plans to turn the school into an academy.

NASUWT reps say they plan to strike at all 15 Derbyshire schools that are threatened with academy status—and other teaching unions could join them.

Dave Wilkinson, branch secretary of Derby NASUWT, said, “Any governing body which decides to pursue academy conversion will be ushering in a period of industrial unrest.”

Fight against academies spreads

NUT union members at Chestnut Grove school in Wandsworth, south London, have voted to strike against plans to turn the school into an academy.

And teachers in Wakefield are also discussing holding indicative ballots across different teaching unions for action against academies in a number of schools.

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Tue 8 Feb 2011, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2238
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