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Teachers at Whitehaven Academy walk out in second strike

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Teachers at the Whitehaven Academy are going on strike this morning.

Walkouts by union members are also planned for tomorrow.

It comes after a row between staff and the Trust that runs the school.

Speaking on the NASUWT website, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

Teachers at the school have serious concerns about the way in which they are being managed and the working environment in the school, all of which directly affects the quality of education they are able to deliver to pupils.

The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward and avoid strike action, but there has been no serious attempt by the employer to address the concerns of teachers over these issues.

The teachers at Whitehaven Academy are all dedicated and committed members of staff who want professional working conditions to support them in their work to do the best for the pupils they teach.

They deeply regret any disruption the strike action will cause pupils and parents and hope that the employer will work with them to fully address their concerns so that further strike action can be avoided.

– Chris Keates


Plans for Robert The Bruce Centre in Dumfries

The Robert The Bruce Trust in Dumfries is hoping to open an educational centre, celebrating the former King of Scotland's links to the town.

Bruce is one of the most famous figures in Scottish history and he began his, often bloody path, to the throne by murdering his rival in a Dumfries church.

Lori Carnochan has been along to St Michael's Primary school in Dumfries, where the children have been learning all about Bruce:


Icy weather shuts three D&G schools on first day back

St Mungo Primary in Lockerbie is closed due to heating failure, along with two other primary schools Credit: Google Maps

Three primary schools in Dumfries and Galloway will remain closed today, after the icy weather has caused heating failure in the buildings.

It's the first day back at school for students across Scotland today.

Temperatures in the region dropped as low as -6 degrees celsius last night.

The following schools are shut today due to broken heating and are expected to reopen tomorrow:

  • Closeburn Primary School in Thornhill
  • Cummertrees Primary School in Annan
  • St Mungo Primary in Lockerbie
  • Port William Primary School, Newton Stewart
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