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Teachers at Tech City College, an academy and ‘free’ school in Islington, London are on their second day of action. The dispute, taken after a teacher collapsed, is against excessive workload and observation.


The school governing body has recently started an academy consultation in order to decide whether to convert Parrs Wood High School in south Manchester to a multi academy trust. The consultation ends on the 7th December 2015. It means the school, which is one of the most oversubscribed secondaries in Manchester, could move away from local authority control to form its own independent academy trust.


Striking Tech City teachers are joined by NUT members from Islington Sixth form.
Tech City are striking over bullying managements and excessive observations.


In early November the Board of Governors of Parrs Wood High School in south Manchester announced to parents that they were recommending that the School ceases being a local authority maintained school and becomes a ‘converter’ Academy. A consultation process began, scheduled to end on 7 December. Parrs Wood High School is a large co-educational comprehensive with 1800 students and about 200 teachers and support staff.