If you have a story call our newsdesk on 01722 426511 or email us. To advertise call 01722 426500.
Schools to close as teachers strike
STRIKE action by teachers will close schools and disrupt lessons across south Wiltshire today.
The day of action has been called by teaching unionsNUTand NASUWT over pay, pensions and conditions.
Mike Harrison, Wiltshire county secretary for the NUT said: “I anticipate that the majority of secondary schools will be closed or partially closed. With regard to primary schools, the picture is a bit sketchy. We don’t know how many will be striking.”
In Salisbury, Sarum Academy in Westwood Road is closed for lessons, except for Year 11 and Year 12 pupils studying for maths and English exams in November.
A letter to parents from the principal, Ruth Johnson, posted on the academy’s website, says: “We have been informed that a significant proportion of our teaching staff will be participating in this strike.
Neither the governing body nor the principal are legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike and we will not do so.”
Mrs Johnson said that it was “with regret” that the academy has closed, but it is remaining open for pupils to undertake supervised study.
Bishop Wordsworth’s School in The Close is also set to close today, as 26 teachers have indicated they will participate in the strike. St Mark’s Junior School and Exeter House School in Somerset Road are also closed.
The strike has been called because union members are unhappy with a two-year pay freeze, proposals for teachers to work until they are 68, increases in pension contributions by up to £100 per month, abolition of national negotiating machinery and a perceived threat to jobs.
Teachers say they are also facing spiralling workload pressures, as a result of changes to inspection and accountability and “burgeoning bureaucracy”.
Comments are closed on this article.