Thirteen Birmingham primary schools face academy strike ballot


Teachers in thirteen primary schools in Birmingham are voting about strike action, according to the NUT (National Union of Teachers). The union says that many of its members are angry that their schools are being forced to become academies.
Academy schools break away from the local education authority and are managed by academy sponsors. A number of academy sponsors are being established across the country, and seem to be competing with each other as more school governors are attracted by their offers.
Academy schools will receive more money from academy sponsors than they would from a local education authority, but teachers are concerned that their contracts would change, and this could mean changes to their working conditions, salaries, pensions and working hours.

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