The school behind a six-week long consultation will become an academy in May this year, despite protests to keep it a city council school.Read the full story ›
The Department for Education has confirmed Sinfin Community College will be converted into an Academy, despite strikes and protests from teachers.
The Department for Education said more than half of the respondents to the consultation agreed that the school should become an Academy.
The Secretary of State also took the long history of underperformance at Sinfin Community School into account.
The Secretary of State has decided that to deliver the improvement needed, the school should be converted to a sponsored Academy.
I am pleased that the current uncertainty over the future of Sinfin Community School has now been resolved.
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".
Education Secretary Michael Gove, has defended his decision to take over a school in Derby because of "serious concerns" about standards.Read the full story ›
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.
Teachers at a school in Derby have defended their decision to go on strike over plans by the Government to turn it into an academy.Read the full story ›
There is slim evidence that simply changing the name of a school to 'academy' improves standards nationally or that it would in Derby.
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.
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.