Teachers strikes: Children and parents face more disruption

Education / Thu 29th Jun 2023 at 12:58pm

CHILDREN and parents face more disruption as teachers in England prepare to go on strike again. 

Members of the National Education Union (NEU) in schools in England have already held three regional and five national strike days since February. The most recent one, on 2 May, affected more schools than ever.

NEU sixth form teachers have also joined picket lines. 

The NEU has announced two more national strike dates on 5 and 7 July.

They are calling on the government to publish the recommendations of the independent pay review body, which advises what pay rise teachers should be offered for next year. 

The Department for Education said further strike action would cause “real damage” to pupil learning. 

It says it is considering the recommendations and will publish their response “in the usual way”. 

The union is also re-balloting its members to seek continued support for strike action in the autumn term. 

Members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the NASUWT are also being re-balloted in England, after neither union reached the threshold to hold strikes earlier in the year.

NASUWT members in 56 sixth-form colleges in England have voted in favour of strike action and action short of strike. 

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has said it will ballot members on national strike action in England for the first time in its history. Voting is from 19 June to 31 July.

Any action taken by the ASCL, NASUWT or NAHT would be in the autumn term and would be co-ordinated with the NEU, which could lead to full school closures.

No further strike dates are scheduled in Wales or Northern Ireland, and the dispute has been resolved in Scotland.

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1 Comment for Teachers strikes: Children and parents face more disruption:

Mazzy Clark
2023-06-29 21:22:55

Yet parents can't take their kids out of school in term time.

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