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Victory in Lewisham over academy plans

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2456

Teachers in Lewisham, south east London, were celebrating a victory this week after threats to convert schools to academies were withdrawn.

NUT and NASUWT union members at three schools—Prendergast Vale, Prendergast and Prendergast Ladywell—had planned to strike against the plans on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

They called off the action after the Leathersellers firm, which runs the schools, backed off from the academy plan.

The campaign against academies involved strikes, protests and a legal challenge to government regulations.

Previous walkouts won overwhelming support from parents and saw students refuse to cross picket lines.

Workers stressed that the dispute remains live as the Department for Education will rewrite regulations so that schools could attempt academy conversion in the future.

But this week’s victory shows that determined action can get results.

Go to the Stop Academies in Lewisham Facebook page for updates. Send messages of support to nut@lewisham.gov.uk and Kathy.duggan@exec.nasuwt.org.uk

Strike called against EOTAS cuts Swansea

Teachers of pupils who are not in mainstream school are set to strike in Swansea for three days from the 15 June. 

The NASUWT and NUT union members struck two days last month in their campaign to protect the Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) service. 

The pupils they teach include those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, physical or mental health issues. 

Teachers in the EOTAS service are fighting to protect vulnerable children from cuts to education.

Matthew Shephard

Messages of support should be sent to Helen John at hmjohns64@hotmail.com
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Anti-academy walkout at Rokeby School in Newham

Teachers at Rokeby School in Newham, east London, struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to turn the school into an academy.

The NUT union members plan six more days of strikes this month and hope other schools will join them.

Send messages of support to georgefuller@rokeby.newham.sch.uk

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