Socialist Worker

Downhills school - ballot result due

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2296

Teachers at Downhills primary school in north London have voted in an indicative strike ballot over plans to force their school to become an academy.

The results were due as Socialist Worker went to press.

If teachers indicate that they are prepared to strike, a formal ballot for strikes could follow.

Workers could take action after Easter.

Phil Brett is an NUT rep at the school. He told Socialist Worker, “There is a strong feeling against the academy plans at the school.

“And the anger isn’t only among teachers. Over the past week, parents have protested at members of our imposed Interim Executive Board (IEB) outside the school.

“One parent is seeking a judicial review of Michael Gove’s decision to replace our governing body with an IEB.

“We will fight Gove’s attempt to force academy status at Downhills.”

The mood against academies is so strong that some teachers joined the union so that they could take part in the ballot.

Alasdair Smith, secretary of the Anti Academies Alliance, said, “This is a very significant ballot.

“It could lead to the first strike against a forced academy.”

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