Another strike day over school’s academy proposal

ILKESTON School is planning a day of industrial action next week over the school’s plan to become an academy.

A total of 34 National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) members will walk out next Friday in protest over the King George Avenue school’s bid to become an academy uinder the control of charity Ormiston Trust.

Dave Wilkinson, NASUWT branch secretary, said: “The action the school is taking means that it will join the Ormiston Trust and lose its independence.

“In addition to the teachers being propelled into the private sector, Ilkeston will lose its community school.

“I salute the courage of members in being willing to take strike action to defend their terms and conditions and state education.”

Three strike days were called off in the week before the half-term holiday after the union’s talks with school staff improved over a plan to make two teachers redundant.

However, Mr Wilkinson did not rule out further strike action, if Ormiston Trust does not pull out or at least move the date it plans to take over the school until January 1 next year, rather than the start of the new academic year in September.