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Hundreds of children set to miss school as teachers prepare to strike

PUBLISHED: 09:48 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:48 25 March 2014

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

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Hundreds of Norfolk children are set to miss a day of school tomorrow when members the National Union of Teachers stage a one-day strike.

The NUT has been embroiled in a dispute with the Government over pay, pensions and working conditions for over two years, and staged a series of regional strikes with the NASUWT teaching union last year. The NASUWT is not taking part in tomorrow’s walkout.

Although Norfolk County Council said it did not know the number of schools which would be affected, many have already written to parents about what will happen.

Notre Dame High School will be closed to most high school students, but open to sixth formers, while Litcham School and Archbishop Sancroft High School will both be closed to Years 7-9, and Neatherd High School in Dereham will be closed to Years 8-9.

Aylsham High School, Hethersett Academy and Springwood High School all said they would be open as normal.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: “Teachers deeply regret the disruption caused by this strike action to parents and teachers. The Government’s refusal, however, to engage to resolve the dispute means that we have no alternative other than to demonstrate the seriousness of our concerns.”

James Joyce, cabinet member for safeguarding at Norfolk County Council, said: “The strike by members of the NUT is being held in areas of England, including our region, in response to national education reforms. While it is the right of the union to take strike action, I share the concerns that many parents will have about the disruption this will cause to those children and families in Norfolk who are affected.”

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