Littlegreen School academy conversion row: Staff back strike action

Five days of strike action has been called at Littlegreen Special School in Compton due to fears over threats to jobs and terms and conditions.

A total of 89 per cent of National Education Union (NEU) members voted in favour of industrial action, which is scheduled for December 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

The school for boys with autism and other special educational needs is due to become an academy run by the Solent Academies Trust after an Ofsted inspection last November gave it an ‘inadequate’ rating.

However after a subsequent monitoring visit in July, Ofsted said the headteacher had ‘led decisive action since [her] appointment, and more rapidly since the inspection, to improve safeguarding arrangements and pupils’ behaviour’.

The union says it has not received a firm commitment from the academies trust there will be no compulsory redundancies following the transfer.

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