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NUT plans strike over academies programme

The government's academies programme is prompting teachers in Warwickshire to consider industrial action.

12 April 2011

Teachers in the West Midlands are preparing for strike negotiations after expressing displeasure with the government's academies programme.

According to the National Union of Teachers (NUT), many of its members in Warwickshire are unhappy with proposals to create more academies in the area.

The group said this is because they are worried they may lose certain working rights and safeguards with relation to pay and working hours.

Andy Summers, president of the NUT in Warwickshire, said the government has backtracked on a number of major reforms in recent weeks, such as its proposed changes to the NHS.

Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, he therefore urged the coalition to do the same with its academies programme and rethink its position.

According to the latest figures from the Department for Education, 629 academies are now open in England.

Some 357 schools have undergone the conversion since the beginning of the current academic year.
 

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