Derby Academy Protest

Teachers at a Derby secondary school begin a two day strike over plans to turn it into an academy.

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Education Secretary defends school take-over

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has defended his decision to take over a secondary school in Derby because of concerns about standards.

Mr Gove was giving his first interview about Sinfin Community School since installing a special board to look at turning it into an academy.

Teachers at the school have gone on strike in protest - a move Mr Gove today described as "union antics".

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  1. Peter Bearne

Teachers on strike, full report

Teachers at a secondary school in Derby have begun two days of strike action over plans by the Government to turn it into an academy. The Education Secretary took the unusual step of ordering a takeover of Sinfin Community School because of concerns about standards.

The Government has installed its own board which is now consulting about becoming an academy. The move has angered not only teaching unions but the city council who are now taking legal action. Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports.

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Union locked in second Sinfin dispute

The NASUWT is locked in a second dispute with the school over its handling of teacher monitoring, which it has branded as "intrusive".

Six days of strike action had been planned on this separate issue before Christmas but these have been put on hold pending further talks.

Derby City Council has said it is taking legal action against the Government in a bid to block its plans to turn the school into an academy.

It claims that improvements are already taking place after improved GCSE results this summer, although it had plans to impose its own interim executive board, which were scuppered by the Government's action.

Union secretary on potential Derby school teacher strikes

We are looking at two days of action before Christmas on this issue. I have proposed joint strike action to the National Union of Teachers, given that they have an active ballot as well.

The ballot results at Sinfin give the NUT the opportunity to join NASUWT in opposing Greenwood Dale's plans for a takeover of Sinfin and I am awaiting their response.

– Dave Wilkinson, NASUWT branch secretary

Teachers in Derby school to strike over academy plans

Teachers at a Derby secondary school are poised to take strike action over plans to turn it into an academy.

Last month, the Education Secretary Michael Gove replaced the governing body at Sinfin Community School with an interim executive board following concerns about poor educational standards.

The board is due to consult soon about academy conversion, with Nottingham-based Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust the likely sponsor.

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) says the board refused to withdraw its conversion plans at a meeting yesterday.

The union will now consult its members about industrial action before Christmas.

75% of NASUWT members at the school voted in favour of strike action in a ballot last month.

The Department of Education has defended its intervention at the school and the move towards academy status.

Academies have already turned around hundreds of struggling secondary schools across the country and are improving their results.

– Department of Education spokesman
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