Teachers in England are in a long-running struggle against the privatisation of their schools into so-called 'academies'. TS has just received this report from Birmingham, where the three main teaching unions have joined together to stop Small Heath school becoming an academy:

Following our strike a month ago against the threat of academisation at the school, Small Heath School NUT, NASUWT and ATL members took another day's strike action on Thursday 2nd July.  It was another vibrant, confident and solid strike and the 3 entrances to the school were picketed by large numbers of teachers, parents and students (a group of parents even brought wonderful food to the picket line!).  Messages of support were received from far and wide.  Again, the strike made the news.  The strike got a wonderful boost the evening before with a parents' meeting that was also attended by many staff.  Every parent that spoke supported the striking teachers and agreed that the strike was necessary .  Richard Hatcher and Salma Yaqoob addressed the parents and both inspired a number of parents to come forward to begin to organize a community campaign to fight alongside staff.  The teaching unions remain united in opposing any planned academisation of the school and there will be a further union/parents' meeting at The Rex Centre, Small Heath at 5-7pm on Tuesday, 14th July.  Parents want this to be a springboard for their actions over the summer in building a campaign that will be ready for the battles that lay ahead next term NB: TS is always happy to publish first hand reports of teachers' struggles anywhere in the world