Teachers in England are continuing their fight against bullying management in schools, particularly so-called 'academies.' The latest group of teachers to go on strike are at an academy in Sussex. (Academies are semi-privatised schools, similar to charter schools in the US.) As part of joint action by the two largest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NAS/UWT), against excessive observation and bureaucracy, teachers at Littlehampton Aademy went on strike earlier this week.

Teachers say they are facing up to 45 inspections by management a year. An NAS spokesperson said: “You cannot teach under that kind of stress. It’s like having someone constantly over your shoulder nagging you. Teachers need to be able to have the flexibility to teach. They need to be able to find creative solutions to help their students.The method employed by the management team at the school is far too oppressive and doesn’t allow teachers here the flexibility to do what they do best."

An NUT representative said that more action was planned if teachers' concerns were not addressed.

Schools in England are under huge pressure from a punishing inspection regime, known as OFSTED, which comes into schools at a moment's notice and delivers often harsh judgements on schools, based on matrices of so-called 'good' teaching, as well as the presentation of massive amounts of data on students' 'progress.' Failing an OFSTED inspection can mean endless visits until they are satisfied that the school has 'improved.' Worse still, such inspections are used to justify the transformation of local authority schools into academies, as happened recently at Downhills school - despite a massive parental campaign against it.

Meanwhile. staff at the Globe Academy in London will be striking next week againgst compulsory reduncancies. Send messages of support to: