Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has intervened in the governance of Sinfin Community School in Derby. In November he replaced the governors with an ‘Interim Board’ who are charged with ‘consulting’ over Sinfin becoming an academy, most probably part of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust. The consultation continues until 28 January. The NUT and NASUWT staff at the school staged a two-day strike just before Christmas and are threatening more action in the future. If it goes ahead, this will be only the fifth enforced academisation in the country. Read Gove’s exclusive interview with ITV Central News. Read ‘Union News’ report of 18 December.
The latest on the Save Kimberley School from Academy Status Campaign is that governors are due to meet on Tuesday 7 February and will vote on whether to go into a further six week formal consultation. The NUT branch has suspended strike action until after the 7th and will give notice to strike if the governors vote to go into formal consultation.