Teachers strike at West Bromwich primary school over academy plans

By Richard Guttridge | West Bromwich | Education | Published:

Teachers at a West Bromwich primary school have launched strike action over plans to convert it to an academy.

Newtown Primary School in West Bromwich

Union bosses say the change at Newtown Primary School could affect job security, teachers’ working conditions and educational entitlements for pupils.

The school is closed today as teachers begin the first of five days of strike action.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, said: “There is no educational or financial benefit to converting Newtown Primary School into 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."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.


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