The Birmingham Mail is reporting that teachers who have staged 24 days of strikes at a failing Birmingham school have suspended the industrial action following crisis talks.
Staff at Small Heath School had carried out the protests since the start of January following the suspension of teacher Simon O’Hara.
National Union of Teachers officials claimed he has been “victimised” for his role in a campaign against any plans to take the school into academy status.
But the strikes have now been suspended after interim headteacher Tony Wilson met with the NUT and ACAS, the organisation which resolves employment disputes.
Mr Wilson said: “We have been in discussions, supported by ACAS, with the NUT resulting in the immediate suspension of planned strike action.
“Therefore the school will open as normal Wednesday with a full timetable operating for all year groups.
“Management and the union (NUT) will continue to work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children, staff, parents and our community.”
David Room, general secretary Birmingham NUT, said: “The NUT held talks with ACAS yesterday which has ended in the strikes being suspended.
“At this stage we can’t comment any further on the details…”
24 days of strikes? Since January? I can’t help but wonder how this amount of lost teaching time can do anything to help the school get out of special measures, and if they don’t, surely the only outcome is being forced to become an academy which is apparently exactly what they wanted to avoid in the first place?
Let’s just hope this is the start of the end of it all now.
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