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Three further days of strike action will start tomorrow (Tuesday) at Friesland School in Derbyshire by members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, in a dispute over plans to convert the school into an academy.

This further action follows two days of strike action which was taken by members last week and will continue on Wednesday and Thursday (14 and 15 February).

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The NASUWT is extremely disappointed that the Union’s offer to withdraw the strike-an offer made through ACAS-has been rejected by the school.

“Further disruption for pupils and parents could have been avoided.

“We have been left with no alternative but to go ahead with further strike action as there has been no attempt by the school to work with us to resolve the issues.

“We remain ready to work with the employer to find a resolution to this dispute.”

John Godkin, South Derbyshire NASUWT Deputy Association Secretary, said:

“The proposal to covert Friesland School into an academy has the potential to affect job security, teachers’ working conditions and educational entitlements 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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