Teachers walk out at Worthing High School

STRIKE: Teachers on the picket line this morning

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Teachers and parents are manning a picket line in support of a walkout at Worthing High School today.

Members of the NASUWT are taking strike action at Worthing High School over plans to convert the school into an academy, despite widespread opposition from parents and teachers.

Teaching staff at the school have expressed concern that they could face deterioration in their pay and working conditions if the plans go ahead, with a consequent adverse impact on standards of education.

Chris Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “Parents, teachers and the local community are united in their opposition to the conversion to academy status at this school.

“Any change to the status of a school should be about raising standards.

“There is no evidence that converting schools to academies raises standards “The quality of educational provision is inextricably linked to teachers’ pay and working conditions.

“Academy status puts these under threat.

“If the school persists in driving through this conversion in the face of widespread opposition this does not bode well for the future.”

Eric Skyte, the NASUWT national executive member for West Sussex, said: “Any move to take strike action is never taken lightly but our members are taking this step because they don’t feel they have a choice.”

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11:24am Wed 11 Jul 12

Ligand Fields says...

give them all detention!
give them all detention! Ligand Fields
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1:38pm Wed 11 Jul 12

ArundelTerrazzo says...

Never mind, teachers, you'll soon have a nice long paid holiday to forget about it.
Never mind, teachers, you'll soon have a nice long paid holiday to forget about it. ArundelTerrazzo
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1:44pm Wed 11 Jul 12

ourcoalition says...

The best of luck to them for standing up against undemocratic decisions imposed by the Governors and the Government!
The best of luck to them for standing up against undemocratic decisions imposed by the Governors and the Government! ourcoalition
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2:12pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Ligand Fields says...

The government were elected, duh. And the school governors probably were too.
Who elected the teachers, exactly...?
The government were elected, duh. And the school governors probably were too. Who elected the teachers, exactly...? Ligand Fields
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3:08pm Wed 11 Jul 12

pun master says...

Ligand Fields wrote:
The government were elected, duh. And the school governors probably were too. Who elected the teachers, exactly...?
OK so your argument is that the Government were elected on the basis of what they agreed to do - so they can now do it - then by the same token the teachers were employed on a contract where their terms and conditions were laid out, and now undemocratically the Government wants to change them. Mainly under the false cover of austerity might I add....
[quote][p][bold]Ligand Fields[/bold] wrote: The government were elected, duh. And the school governors probably were too. Who elected the teachers, exactly...?[/p][/quote]OK so your argument is that the Government were elected on the basis of what they agreed to do - so they can now do it - then by the same token the teachers were employed on a contract where their terms and conditions were laid out, and now undemocratically the Government wants to change them. Mainly under the false cover of austerity might I add.... pun master
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7:08pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Andy R says...

Ligand Fields wrote:
The government were elected, duh. And the school governors probably were too.
Who elected the teachers, exactly...?
Er...no.....the Government weren't elected.

Find me one person who actually voted for the Government we currently have.
[quote][p][bold]Ligand Fields[/bold] wrote: The government were elected, duh. And the school governors probably were too. Who elected the teachers, exactly...?[/p][/quote]Er...no.....the Government weren't elected. Find me one person who actually voted for the Government we currently have. Andy R
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