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Cumbrian teachers to attend Union meeting

Teachers from across Cumbria are set to gather in Birmingham at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT over the Easter weekend.

They will join other teacher from across the UK to debate issues such as inspections, unqualified teachers, the impact of financial hardship on children and young people and the abuse of social media.

Pensions, pay and the health and wellbeing of teachers will also be high on the agenda.

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, have been making headlines recently across he country due to industrial action linked with pay, workload and pensions.

Numerous schools in Cumbria were closed last month as a result of such action.

“With four years of relentless assault on public education and the teaching profession behind us and a General Election in sight, this Conference will be the opportunity to send a strong message to parents, the public and politicians about the impact of four years of the Coalition Government’s education policies.

“And it is a sorry record. Resignations from the profession are at an all-time high and teacher morale is at an all-time low.

“We are witnessing record levels of youth unemployment, child poverty and homelessness."

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

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3000 Cumbrian teachers on strike today

Around 50 primary and secondary schools have been affected today as 3000 teachers in Cumbria supported a national strike.

The National Union of Teachers is protesting against pensions, pay and working conditions.

Parents and grandparents have voiced mixed views about the action and the problems it has caused them.

Kim Inglis reports

Burglaries investigated in Dumfries and Galloway

Various streets have been targeted by burglars since January. Credit: ITV Border

Police in Dumfries and Galloway are investigating a spate of burglaries in towns and villages off the M74.

There have been about 10 break-ins since January in Lockerbie, Ecclefechan, Moffat, Lochmaben Johnstonebridge and Beattock.

Thieves have mainly stolen cash and jewellery.

Your opinions: Teachers on strike

The National Union of Teacher was on strike today.

Around fifty primary and secondary schools were at least partially closed today as 3,000 Cumbrian teachers supported a national strike.

We asked for your opinions.

Maybe parents should impose a fine on the school as the school would fine the parents if they took their kids out of school on unauthorised leave.

– Tina Tattie Armitage, Facebook

Isn't it sad that professional people feel that they have to resort to strike action to protect their terms and conditions of employment.

– Gerard Champney, Facebook.

If the strike has effected you, you can contact us on Facebook, on Twitter @ITVBorder or email us at pamandian@itv.com

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