This report is from December’s strike, If you’re looking for information about January’s strike please click here
Teachers and school support staff, went on strike today at Montgomery Primary School in Sparkbrook against their school becoming an Academy.
The three Trade Unions at the school, National Union of Teachers (NUT), NAS/UWT and the GMB, all voted to strike as their voices were not being heard.
They were strongly supported by the parents. One Parent, who has children at the school said
I went to this school myself and want it to remain in the local authority and for this community. Who knows what could happen if it was taken out of local control?
Another parent said,
Now, parents and teachers have a say in the governing body. If it became an academy we would not have any rights to influence decisions about our children’s education.
The picket at the school from 7.30-9pm was very well supported at least 60 staff, parents and members of the community were there. It was lively, friendly and good fun with plenty of chanting, flag waving. The picket was supported by the Anti Academy Birmingham Alliance and the Birmingham Trades Union Council. Congratulations to all who participated. I was certainly proud to be
amongst people who cared so much about the future of education and their community. We wish Montgomery School and its caring community success in their campaign against becoming an academy.
Mary Pearson, retired teacher (NUT) and Vice President of Birmingham Trades Union Council
(For further information re Academies see: http://antiacademies.org.uk )
See also Anti-Academies Alliance report on the strike, with more photos and video