Teachers prepare for further strike in action against school's academy plans

Teachers are to take to the picket line again the latest action against a school's academy plans.

Monday, 15th May 2017, 10:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 1:37 pm
Highfield Community Primary School in Fordfield Road, Sunderland.

Trade dispute over the proposal to convert Highfield Community Primary School, on the Ford Estate in Sunderland, into an academy have the potential to result in adverse management and working practices, job security and changes to pay and conditions of service according to the NASUWT.

Teachers who are members of the union are again taking strike action tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

John Hall outside a previous strike held by teachers of Highfield Community Primary School.

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The union says the teachers at the Fordfield Road school are concerned for their future health and wellbeing if the governing body goes ahead with its support of forming a partnership between Highfield Community Primary School and Valley Road Community Primary School as part of the Iris Trust.

John Hall, the union's national executive member, said: "The NASUWT met with the governing body on Tuesday, May 9, in the hope of resolving the dispute which has already resulted in three days of strike action.

"The union is disappointed that they have not had a response from the governing body regarding their proposal which would have meant that strike action scheduled for this week and the following weeks could have been withdrawn.

"Instead the chairman of governors has sent out to parents a newsletter that is misleading and inaccurate and which does not reflect the main reason why the dispute is taking place.

John Hall outside a previous strike held by teachers of Highfield Community Primary School.

"The NASUWT calls upon Sunderland City Council to intervene in the dispute and urges the governing body to reconsider their decision having lodged over 100 grievances regarding ‘adverse management practices’ against the ‘management’ of the school between September 2016 and February 2017."

The union has said it also plans action on Wednesday, May 24 , Wednesday and Thursday, June 7 and 8, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 13, 14 and 15.

It also plans to announce further strike days during the weeks starting June 19, June 26 and July 3.