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Bowland High School staff strike over academy plans

Staff at a Lancashire high school are staging a one-day strike in protest over plans to turn it into an academy.

Teachers and support workers at Bowland High School in Grindleton, Clitheroe oppose the plan to move the school out of Lancashire County Council control.

They say it will affect their careers, pay and conditions because academy schools can decide terms of employment and set curriculums.

Head teacher Stephen Cox said the plan was in pupils' best interest.

Members of three teaching unions and Unison are taking part in the strike.

The school applied for academy status in March and has carried out consultation on the plans with staff and parents.

'Others suffer'

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the majority of staff are opposed to the move.

Ken Cridland, Lancashire secretary of the NUT said: "£5.28 million has been taken from Lancashire to pay for academies and this has hit a lot of people especially hard at a time of cuts.

"Therefore others are suffering for Bowland to become an academy.

"The ways academies are set up is also at the expense of local democratic control."

However, Mr Cox said the plan was "carefully considered" after consultation and the governing body had reached a democratic decision.

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