The first day of the latest strike action over academy sponsor announcement for Moulsecoomb Primary School

In pictures: First day of strike action over academy sponsor for Moulsecoomb Primary School

Teachers and support staff are staging a two-day strike after the latest development in the controversial plans to convert Moulsecoomb Primary School into an academy.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 2:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 2:44 pm

Unions called the strike action following the announcement last week that The Pioneer Academy had been appointed as the sponsor for the school, despite strong community, union and council opposition to academisation plans.

The school was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted in April 2019 which led to the Secretary of State for Education imposing an academy order, which forces the school to join a multi-academy trust.

Since then, campaigners have fought vigorously for the academy order to be revoked, arguing that the school has improved significantly since then, which they say means the school should no longer be eligible for intervention from the Department for Education.

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