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Spread strikes to win against academies

Issue No. 2242

Teachers at John Port school in Etwall, Derbyshire, struck on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The NASUWT union members are fighting plans to turn the school into an academy. They have struck for seven days so far—and more action is to follow.

The school is set to become an academy on 1 April. If this happens, teachers vow to continue fighting.

Union branch secretary Dave Wilkinson said, “Deciding to become an academy is not the end of the issue because members are not convinced terms and conditions will be upheld without a formal agreement.

“Rather than an end, this is an escalation of the situation.”

Up to 15 schools in Derbyshire are threatened with academy status. The NASUWT has floated the idea of several schools in Derbyshire striking together against academies.

Escalating in this way would strengthen the fight.


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