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Teachers to strike over academies at Noel Park and Worthing High

Issue No. 2311

Teachers at a north London primary school were set to strike on Thursday against plans to turn it into an academy.

Tory education secretary Michael Gove plans to force academy status on Noel Park school in Haringey. This would remove it from local authority control and hand it to the private sector.

NASUWT union members at Worthing High School near Brighton were set to strike against plans to turn it into an academy on Wednesday.

The government says academies boost results and improve education for disadvantaged children. But a new report says that results in England’s academies improved more slowly than in other so-called poorly performing schools.

Researchers at London Metropolitan University compared academies with schools in the City Challenge programme, which ended last year. It found that results improved significantly more in schools in the City Challenge programme than in academies.

The report finds that poorly performing schools turned into academies “did not then improve significantly more” than those that were not, and that some 27 percent of academies saw results fall or stay the same between 2010 and 2011.

The Department for Education commissioned the report. Whether it will listen to the results is another matter.

You can download a copy of the City Challenge report from the Department for Education website. For more information on the campaign against academies go to

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