NASUWT members fear for their job security and working conditions

NASUWT flagTeachers at Small Heath School and Sixth Form Centre are today on strike over plans to turn their school into an academy.

The NASUWT members are concerned the move would affect their  job security and their working conditions as well as the educational entitlements of their pupils.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “There is no educational or financial benefit to converting Small Heath School and Sixth Form Centre to an academy.

“Teachers’ pay and conditions of service are inextricably linked to high standards of education for children and young people and there is a real concern that academy conversion will result in a deterioration of conditions.

“The NASUWT and its members deeply regret any disruption which will be caused to pupils and parents.

“The teachers at Small Heath School and Sixth Form Centre are all dedicated and committed members of staff, who have been forced into this position because of the unnecessary structural change.

“The Local Authority needs to concentrate on supporting the school to be ‘outstanding’ once again, rather than diverting everyone’s attention from teaching and learning to focusing on academy status.”

NASUWT executive member Anne Brimacombe said: “Teachers have been left with no choice but to take this strike action to show their complete aversion to the proposed changes.

“We urge the local authority to recognise there is no consensus or appetite for this proposal from staff, and to work with us to find an alternative way forward.”

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