Tuesday, 19 May 2009 10:47 UK
Two newly-designated academy schools in Essex, Chalvedon and Barstable, are closed because more than 120 teachers have gone on strike. The strike happened in co-operation with the NUT and NASUWT, two teaching unions. There are plans to change the schools into academies on 1 September, when the schools will be taken over by the Basildon Academies trust. The teachers do not want that to happen. The Unions and teachers are afraid that this step will suffer the consequences of increasing working hours of the teachers and shorter holidays. According to the Principal of the Academies Trust this is just a rumor and such a thing will not happen. Members of the teaching unions are angry because they are afraid that the employment conditions will get difficult and unpleasant.