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School students walk out as Shorefields teachers strike

by Emma Davies
Issue No. 2251

Teachers in the NUT and NASUWT unions struck at Shorefields Technology College today, Wednesday, against plans to turn the school into an academy.

People from the area and students from the school and local university also joined the picket in solidarity. Some 60 people where there at 8am this morning.

Strikers were pleased with the turnout. The vote to strike had been unanimous in both the unions and there were only a couple of scabs.

Today's picket was preceded with an impromptu walkout by around 40 students yesterday after students from the university had leafleted the school in the morning.

The students had refused to return back to class after break and effectively went on 'strike'. Senior staff responded by sending around 40 pupils home.

Workers hope that today's strike will bring attention to the campaign and pull the local community around defending a vibrant multicultural school in dire need of funding but in no need of academy status.

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Wed 11 May 2011, 12:59 BST
Issue No. 2251
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