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Schools hit as teachers stage strike
10:12am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
MORE than 100 schools across Gloucestershire will be closed or partially closed today (Thursday) as teachers stage a walkout.
The industrial action will affect eight schools in the Cotswolds as teachers strike over pay, working conditions and pensions. It involves members of the NUT and NASUWT – the two biggest teaching unions.
St James’ & Ebrington Primary School, Chipping Campden, will be closed to all pupils while a number of schools will be partially closed.
Winchcombe School is only open to year 11 and headteacher Neil Hall said: “On previous occasions industrial action has had little effect at Winchcombe. This time, the strength of feeling is very strong. There seems to be wave after wave of changes in terms of conditions and pensions and virtually daily curriculum changes. There’s a lot of dissent within the teaching ranks. I think people are fed up to the back teeth.”
Bourton Primary Academy will remain open except for the reception class.
Headteacher John Jones said: “A majority of the teachers are taking industrial action and all the other teachers not in the NUT and NASUWT support our colleagues but felt we would try to stay open for parents as best we could.”
A parent, whose daughter attends St James’ & Ebrington Primary School, said she sympathised with parents.
“I’m lucky my mum and mother-in-law do my childcare for me,” she said. “It will definitely be a problem for some people.”
John Pemberthy, national executive NUT member for Gloucestershire, said: “Strike action is never a step teachers take lightly and we are very aware and concerned about the inconvenience it causes parents.
“Unfortunately we are faced with a Coalition Government that is refusing to listen to the reasonable demands of the profession.”
Councillor Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We’ve been working with schools to get as much information out there as possible to help with alternative arrangements.”
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