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Sussex teachers strike against academies

by Lee Billingham
Issue No. 2326

Teachers in the NUT and NASUWT unions at Worthing High School in West Sussex mounted a large and lively picket this morning, Wednesday.

They were striking for the second time against their school's plans to become an academy.

Pickets were joined by other local trade unionists, and local post workers refused to cross their picket line.

Their action, together with a big and sustained parents' and community campaign against the move, has already forced the school to move the proposed date of conversion to December.

They originally wanted to convert at the start of this term.

Unpopular head Alison Beer – one of the two main architects of the academy plan – has also been forced to resign over an investigation being carried into her management style by the County Council.

Several other local heads have announced in recent weeks that they do not wish to move to academy status in the near future.

The Worthing High campaign was a major factor.

Staff and campaigners are determined to continue the fight against the privatisation of our kids' education.

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Wed 24 Oct 2012, 12:23 BST
Issue No. 2326
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