More than 30 Redbridge schools due to close in support of NUT strike
PUBLISHED: 17:51 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 18:28 04 July 2016
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More than 30 schools in the borough will be closed tomorrow after a teachers’ union called for a one-day strike.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for a day of industrial action tomorrow to protest against cuts to school budgets and to request negotiations around workload, pay and working conditions.
Nearly every school in the borough will be affected by the strike, with 26 primary schools and six secondary schools expected to be fully closed.
Another 16 primary schools and 11 secondary schools and academies will be partially closed.
Some of the teachers at special schools The New Rush Hall School and Newbridge School will be striking and parents should have already been informed whether to send their children to school.
The Pupil Referral Units (PRU) will also be closed.
The strike comes before an education white paper will be voted on by Parliament in the coming months.
This could review existing arrangements such as maternity and sickness benefits and timetables.
The NUT is the only teachers’ union to have called for a strike action, which was decided at their conference earlier this year.
Redbridge NUT secretary Kash Mallick said he was hoping the action will gather the support of head teachers and Redbridge Council.
“The teacher profession is becoming casualised and it will stop becoming a career.
“Teachers no longer feel like they have a career somewhere. They are leaving after about a year or two because they can’t stand how they are being treated. We are losing many talented people.
“This is really a turning point on what a teaching career is about,” he said.
The strike comes after the Recorder reported assistant head teacher at Farnham Green primary school, Seven Kings, Zoe Brown wrote a resignation letter to the education secretary Nicky Morgan telling her she was resigning “with a heavy heart”.
The young teacher told the secretary of state the government had “obliterated” the education system.
In a letter to the acting general secretary of the NUT Kevin Courtney, Nicky Morgan wrote the strike was “disappointing”.
“Rather than playing politics with children’s futures over the issue of pay and conditions, I would urge you to reconsider this damaging industrial action,” she said.
The full list of the schools that are closed and partially closed can be found on Redbridge Council’s website here.
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