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Solid strike at Small Heath school

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Issue 2476
United on the picket line
United on the picket line

Teachers at Small Heath School in Birmingham struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to turn the school into an academy.

NUT, NASUWT and ATL union members all joined the walkout. One union rep at the school told Socialist Worker that the action was “totally solid”.

“Hardly anyone has gone into the school,” he said. “We’ve had three picket lines and parents have been on the picket lines too.”

Small Heath was one of the schools targeted in the Trojan Horse scandal. It was put into special measures and is now run by an Interim Executive Board (IEB).

He said it was a “hard” situation for teachers to be in. But he added, “That makes people’s willingness to fight more inspiring.”

Tuesday’s walkout was workers’ third in the dispute. They plan to strike on 18 November and 10 December.

The union rep said the IEB has refused to meet unions and refused Acas talks.

“Staff understand we will need to escalate,” he said.

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Education campaigners are urging supporters to sign a petition opposing Tory plans to bring in tests for four year olds. 

The plan would subject children to “baseline” assessments when they enter reception classes. The Tories want to use them to increase monitoring of schools and teachers’ “performance”—and justify “intervention” in the future.

To sign the petition go to and for more details on the campaign go to

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