Teachers' strike to hit schools
A national teachers' strike due to take place on Thursday will affect at least nine schools in the Waveney area, it emerged yesterday.The walkout, being staged by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) over a pay dispute, will mean some schools will close while others will be partially shut, with certain year groups still able to attend.
A national teachers' strike due to take place on Thursday will affect at least nine schools in the Waveney area, it emerged yesterday.
The walkout, being staged by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) over a pay dispute, will mean some schools will close while others will be partially shut, with certain year groups still able to attend.
In total, 29 schools in Suffolk will be affected by the closures. Details about Norfolk closures were revealed earlier this week.
The full extent of the likely disruption is not yet known because staff members only have to give headteachers two days notice that they will be going on strike.
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Closures in Waveney: Beccles Middle, Bungay High, Bungay Middle, Bungay Primary, Gisleham Middle, Foxborough Middle, Denes High (closed, but some sixth-form provision may
be available), Warren Special School, Worlingham Middle and Worlingham Primary.
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Partial Closures: Reydon Primary (only nursery will open) and Whitton Green Primary (nursery and year three will be closed).
Teachers are protesting over pay deals set by the government. The NUT is demanding an increase of at least 4pc, the level of inflation, after being offered an increase of 2.45pc for this year and 2.3pc for the next two years.
Suffolk County Council spokesman John Ross said: “The picture is still very unclear. We have issued guidance to headteachers for them to write to parents and warn them about
the strike, which most have done.”
Parents in Suffolk can check the council website, www.suffolk
cc.gov.uk, as of noon today for information on closures, or call a hotline on 0845 603 1842.