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13 May 2015, 12:42
Staff at a Birmingham School investigated over the trojan horse allegations have been on strike today over fears it could become an academy.
Oftsed inspectors put Small Heath School into special measures in January.
Unions say there are plans to convert it to an academy but the council said it was not aware of such a proposal.
Three teaching unions - the National Union of Teachers, the NASUWT and the ATL are involved in the strike at the secondary school.
In a joint statement they said: "Members of these unions believe that they have been given no alternative but to take strike action after the Chair of the IEB failed to give assurances that academisation would not take place before the end of Autumn Term 2015, a period of time that ATL, NASUWT and NUT members believe is critically required to allow for the initiatives of new management personnel and new improvement strategies to take effect."
But a Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “We are extremely disappointed that three of the professional associations - NUT, NASUWT and ATL - have chosen to take strike action at Small Heath School. The Interim Executive Board (IEB) and leadership in the school are working with Birmingham City Council to improve standards in the school and ensure pupils get the very best possible education.
"The IEB and local authority officers met with the professional associations after receipt of an instruction to take discontinuous strike action. Despite negotiations the IEB has been unable to reach a satisfactory conclusion at this point.
"The reason for the strike has been given as potential academisation of the school. The DfE has not approached the city council or the school so far about this, and if they do, the IEB will ensure that there is immediate consultation with teachers and parents.
"Whilst students taking public examinations at the school on Wednesday will not be affected, we are saddened that some of the professional associations have chosen to take this action at such a crucial time for the young people at Small Heath."