Schools hit by industrial action

Schools will be hit by escalated industrial action by teachers from today in a row over jobs, pay, pensions and workload amid "deep concerns" among staff over their profession.

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Department of Education 'very disappointed' with teacher strikes

A Department for Education spokesman has commented on today's planned teaching union strikes.

The spokesman said:

We are very disappointed that the NUT has chosen to take industrial action. Only a tiny minority of their members voted in favour but it will damage the profession's reputation.

Parents will be especially concerned that union chiefs have called on their members to only send one school report home a year.

The NUT and NASUWT are taking industrial action about pay and working conditions before the independent pay review body has made any recommendations.

– Department for Education spokesman

Michael Gove 'fails to genuinely engage' says teaching union boss

The NASUWT teaching union has been involved in action since last December, but has decided to escalate its campaign in the form of a strike today.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of NASUWT, said:

The escalation of the NASUWT industrial action is entirely the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.

This action has been specifically designed to be pupil, parent and public friendly. We are endeavouring to ensure that is still the case with our escalated action.

The Secretary of State continues to fail genuinely to engage with the NASUWT and continues with his reckless disregard of the deep concerns of the teaching profession. This is a betrayal of not only the workforce but of every child and young person.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of NASUWT

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Schools hit by strikes in row over jobs, pay, pensions and workload

Schools will be hit by escalated industrial action by teachers from today Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Schools will be hit by escalated industrial action by teachers from today in a row over jobs, pay, pensions and workload amid "deep concerns" among staff over their profession.

Members of NASUWT will only produce one written report a year to parents, will not submit lesson plans to senior managers and will refuse to invigilate mock exams.

Teachers will be able to supervise activities outside school hours, such as sports clubs and drama, if they are happy to do so, but will refuse if it is imposed on them by a headteacher.

Union members will also only send and respond to work-related emails during school hours.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) will undertake similar action from October 3.

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