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Teacher’s Strike to Prevent Academy School

Friday 18th February 2011

The majority of teachers at Derbyshire’s biggest school have recently voted to embark on more strike action to try to stop it becoming an academy.

Governors at John Port School are planning to meet on March 4 to decide whether to opt out of local authority control and become self-governing. According to a press release on the school website 62 staff at the school were on strike yesterday. Although the school has been given the go-ahead for academy status,  head teacher Wendy Sharp said no decisions had yet been made.

Ms Sharp wrote to parents of pupils at the school and said: "The governors and I are working closely with the local authority to gather accurate and pertinent information so that we can make the wisest decision for John Port School and all its stakeholders."

But members of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers are worried about changes to pay and working conditions and intend to strike on several days during the week after the half-term holiday. Dave Wilkinson, NASUWT national executive member, said: "We have to assume the worst-case scenario that the school is proposing to become an academy, especially after getting the go-ahead from the Government.


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