Strike Ballot For Teachers

National Union of Teachers' members at 13 primary schools in Birmingham are being balloted today about plans to turn the schools into academies.

Union opposes academies move

NUT members at 13 primary schools in Birmingham are being balloted over plans to make the schools academies.

“Forced academies have nothing to do with raising standards of education.

There is no evidence at all to support the notion that changing the status of a school will transform the educational attainment of its pupils.

The majority of the school communities in Birmingham do not support this move."

“Primary academies are a fairly new phenomenon and there is no evidence to suggest that a change in status will automatically raise standards.

"What it will do is take the school further away from the local community and make it accountable only to the Secretary of State in London or a private sponsor or Trust.”

– Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers.