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

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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9:48 AM

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.

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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.”

24 comments

  • you need to update the link to school closures as most are dated 2011

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    Dawn Aldis Was Wood

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • They shouldn't be striking. Teachers have a great salary, 13 weeks holiday a year, really good pensions, free car parking, subsidised meals at school, job security .... They really do have nothing to complain about.

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • PaulH Are you a Daily Mail reader? Or put it another way do you have contempt for all those who work in public services. And no I'm not a teacher but my kids have been taught by some damn fine ones.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • @AE - all true if not for the fact they are giving you plenty of warning.

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    monkeynuts

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • The problem isn't teachers going on strike it's that we are so pampered as a society that people who can't afford children do so knowing full well that they will get a free education for their children regardless of how many they have and who pays. 'If' state schools were abolished then parents would have to pay to send their children to school and would have every reason to feel aggrieved if teachers went on strike. However, the reality is that teachers wouldn't be so keen to strike if their employer was a private school instead of a local authority.The parents who are shouting the loudest about the inconvenience of striking teachers are the ones least able to afford to have children in the first place!

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    Bad Form

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Monkey nuts . You are riight. A friend of mine is a head of department and he spend most evenings and most Sundays marking and preparing work.....this is not unusual in this job. As for a comment which says everyone else does this as well is misguided an prejudiced.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • monkeynuts - I totally agree regarding your comment about them not being a babysitting service. Baby sitters have a sense of duty, value their privileges and wouldn't even consider leaving their customers in such a tricky situation en masse.

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    AE

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • @muttley: No. They are not legally obliged to teach. Like 99% of the population they are allowed to remove their labor if they wish. They should also not be regarded as a baby sitting service.

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    monkeynuts

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • @monkeynuts. Plenty of warning is one thing, but if everyone in the office has a child at school you can't let all of them have time off. This is just disrupting businesses that employ parents.

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    Andy T

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Thats why Mllaband will never be trusted by the country.Silence is deafening over teachers who live on another planet.Sack the lot

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • @samphirelover: As I pointed out, the 13 weeks is not only simply holiday time, but also time teachers have work todo. Simply because they are not in class does not mean they are not working. And spending 6 weeks in France does not change this.

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    monkeynuts

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Makes me wish I had a job so I could complain about having to do it You don't even get free parkning outside of job centres now a days let alone free holidays..

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    ''V''

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Same old .... 'have no alternative ...' can't we just stop all this .. and get on with the job you (teachers) have chosen to do, please. This does more damage to a child's schooling than thinking parents taking him out ...

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • @samphirelover: They don't have 13 weeks holiday, Its a myth like many others. I know a few teachers they all have work (markinglesson planing). And on occasion they also have to use that time to educate themselves on new curriculum. Its mostly flexible time, but it is not a holiday. Add to this the fact most teachers have very little time in the evening, they deal they get (while overall pretty good) is not actually the bed of roses many claim.

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    monkeynuts

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • If a parent gets fined for taking their child out of school in term time then can a parent fine the school for extra child care costs loss of earnings because the teachers are not at school doing what they are legally obliged to do, Teach children. Teachers have an easy life compared to others. As has been mentioned before pensions, parking holidays, OK they might have to do a few more hours here & there for lesson prep, but many employees in the real world also have to do similar preparation. Many (not all) do not know what the real working world is all about.

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    muttley

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • A psychologist would find some of these comments interesting .......namely picking out the people that got detention or bad marks when they were kiddies. Bless.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • @muttley: They are not legally obliged to teach. Like 99% of the population they are allowed to remove their labor if they wish. They should also not be regarded as a baby sitting service.

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    monkeynuts

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • If they don't like the pay and a conditions get a job in the private sector . Lousy hours,lousy pay 4 weeks holiday a year if lucky .in many jobs complain and strike and you will be out on your ear . Taking work home for evenings and weekends is the norm in thousands of jobs ,teachers are not exceptions ,they just complain more

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    Reader

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • If a parent gets fined for taking their child out of school in term time then can a parent fine the school for extra child care costs loss of earnings because the teachers are not at school doing what they are legally obliged to do, Teach children. Teachers have an easy life compared to others. As has been mentioned before pensions, parking holidays, OK they might have to do a few more hours here & there for lesson prep, but many employees in the real world also have to do similar preparation. Many (not all) do not know what the real working world is all about.

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    muttley

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Hope parents are going to fine the teachers for taking their children out of school in term time

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    canarybell

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • They shouldn't be striking. Teachers have a great salary, 13 weeks holiday a year, really good pensions, free car parking, subsidised meals at school, job security .... They really do have nothing to complain about.

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Why is it that parents are fined for taking children out of school, but teachers can deprive the children of an education with no consequences? Why is it that the only workers who get 10 weeks holiday, do their training in term time? Are those that strike the least effective teachers? Should we be exposing our children to education by those who have an enthusiasm for withdrawal of labour, despite being well rewarded? Is it time to review the abilities of the few, and to sack those motivated by politics, greed, and long holidays, rather than a commitment to the education of our youngsters. The vast bulk of teachers , who are committed to educating , and setting a good example to the younger generation must be really fed up with the public view of their profession being damaged by the few ; and the inability of the system to weed out these people.

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    Union Jack

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Hope parents are going to fine the teachers for taking their children out of school in term time

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    canarybell

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Monkeynuts ... You know very well it's not a myth about 13 weeks holiday. I know teachers who start their 6 week holiday at their second home in France on the day school closes for the summer. They don't reappear until the day before training day. Add in Easter, Xmas and all the half terms and you've got 13 weeks. But you know that don't you?

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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