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News - 14 July 2014

Strike in schools

 

 
According to government figures, more than a fifth of England's schools were closed on Thursday during a strike by the National Union of Teachers, while the NUT said most schools had been completely or partially closed.
 
The Department for Education said there was less disruption to schools than in 2011, the last time teachers and public sector workers staged a joint strike. It said responses from 96% of schools in England indicated 21% were closed.
 
The NUT said the November 2011 strike had been part of a TUC day of action in which five other teaching unions had taken part.
 
Thursday's strike was over changes to teachers' pay, pensions and conditions but Education Secretary Michael Gove said it was not representative of the views of the teaching profession.
"It's only one teaching union that's on strike. The overwhelming majority of teachers who are represented by teaching unions are not on strike," he said, at an international education conference in London.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“In London about 600 schools were known to be affected, more than 100 schools were closed or partially closed in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, while in Bradford 105 were affected. Some 146 schools in the Leeds area were shut or partially shut, and in Manchester, about two-thirds were closed and most in Liverpool were shut. But in Cheshire and Lancashire, the majority were open. In Brighton and Hove, 15 secondary and special schools were shut, along with over 50 primaries, 79 schools were affected in Norfolk, and 30 in Luton. But many local authorities were unable to provide figures on closures as many council staff themselves were on strike.”
 
General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower said Mr Gove, could avoid further disruption by "engaging in serious negotiations and making changes to policy".
 
"Thousands of good, experienced teachers are leaving or considering leaving their job. Ofsted itself says that two in five teachers are leaving the profession in their first five years."
 
The DfE spokeswoman said the industrial action had damaged the reputation of the profession, adding there was no "justification for further strikes".
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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