Students miss FIVE DAYS of teaching after Derbyshire school strikes again

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Students in Derbyshire will have missed five days of teaching after continued strike action over a school’s plans to convert to an academy.

Friesland School in Sandiacre is closed to years 7, 8, 9 and 10 from today (Tuesday, February 13) until Thursday.

However, the school will remain open to years 11, 12 and 13 as 47 teaching staff go on strike.

Headteacher Peter Monk said he was “generally extremely sad” about the situation and that this type of strike action was “very rare nowadays”.

Friesland School in Sandiacre.

He added: “I am extremely disappointed and concerned that students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will have missed five days of schooling by the end of this week.

“Having evaluated last week’s experience and what might be possible in school this week on a strike day, the number of staff currently taking strike action is such that it will not be possible to safely accommodate any other year groups in school this week.

“In essence, the NASUWT are opposed to academisation – that is what the strike action is about. This kind of action we are currently facing at Friesland is very rare nowadays, which makes it all the more frustrating.”

The school decided to become an academy last year and join The Two Counties Trust after a consultation with the school’s governing body.

Friesland School in Sandiacre.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said that the union was “extremely disappointed” that an offer presented to the school was refused.

He added that the union was “left with no alternative but to go-ahead with further strike action.”

John Godkin, South Derbyshire NASUWT deputy association secretary, added: “The proposal to covert Friesland School into an academy has the potential to affect job security, teachers’ working conditions and educational entitlement's for pupils.

“Teachers are taking this action because they are convinced these plans are not in the best interests of pupils’ education.

“We want to resolve this dispute but this will only be possible if the school agrees to engage with us and to listen to the genuine concerns of teachers.”

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