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Derby school in special measures converted into Academy

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.

– A Department for Education spokesperson

I am pleased that the current uncertainty over the future of Sinfin Community School has now been resolved.

– steve monks, head teacher, sinfin community college

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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".

Teachers on strike, full report

by Peter Bearne

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
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