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Teachers step up strikes to stop academy conversion

Issue No. 2330

Teachers at Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone, east London, plan an indefinite programme of two-day strikes against the school becoming an academy.

The NUT union members were set to begin the strikes from Tuesday of next week. They have already held three successful walkouts. Other unions at the school are set to ballot too.

The school’s governing body narrowly voted to carry on with their application to become an academy last month. Over 50 people lobbied their meeting.

Parents and teachers are demanding another vote. They are outraged that out of 20 governors, only eight voted in favour. Two abstained, six voted against. The rest were absent.

During the consultation process, the head teacher claimed that the school was under threat of being closed or merged with other schools. But the local authority has confirmed this is not the case.

The solid strikes have seen picket lines of over 40 people and more than 100 came to an Anti Academies Alliance meeting last month. The Connaught campaign is crucial to the wider fight against academies across Waltham Forest.

Strikers are arguing for action in other schools facing academy conversion to build a united and coordinated fightback. The mood for resistance is strong at school level. But it needs decisive leadership.

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Tue 20 Nov 2012, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2330
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