Teaching unions have called off proposed strike action amid claims Birmingham primary schools are being "forced" to become academies.
Staff at 13 primary schools belonging to the NASUWT and National Union of Teachers (NUT) unions had been balloted over controversial proposals to take them out of local authority control.
Industrial action would have seen schools across the city closed to pupils, including West Heath Primary School, Northfield Manor Primary School and Matthew Boulton Primary School in Handsworth.
But Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said both unions had now decided to suspend any action after Labour took control of Birmingham City Council after this month’s local elections. "Since we started the ballot there has been a change in political control in Birmingham, so we have suspended moving forward with any action at these schools," Ms Keates said.
"We felt it would not be appropriate to put staff, parents and young people through the pressure of industrial action if there was a possibility that the council could say it will work with us."
Ms Keates said she had written to Brigid Jones, the new cabinet member for children and family services calling for an "urgent meeting" to find out the new administration’s stance on academies.
But she insisted there would be "no let-up" on the forced academies issue.
Education Secretary Michael Gove announced last summer that the 200 worst-performing primary schools in the country would be turned into academies in an attempt to drive up standards.
Local NASUWT union bosses have claimed some Birmingham primary schools have been "unfairly targeted" to become academies despite showing improvement.
Mr Gove told the Birmingham Mail earlier this month that no school was "being threatened" with academy status.
But Northfield Labour MP Richard Burden described a "culture of fear" in some schools.
He said: "Even if an academy is the right decision for a school, the pressure being put on schools is completely out of order.
"There is a culture of fear, and people are looking over their shoulder and being told ‘you need to do this or your school will fail’.
"But it should be a local decision, not one forced on them by covert ministerial bullying."