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Schools disrupted as teachers walk out over workloads

Schools across Powys could be disrupted today, as teachers prepare to walk out over 'excessive' workloads, and cuts to services.

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Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will march from Llandrindod High School to Powys County Hall at 10 o'clock on Thursday morning.

It comes after 83% of members voted for strike action.

Teachers in Powys are angry that children's education is being undermined by cuts and that excessive workload and accountability is gradually hampering teacher creativity and draining morale.

We are not striking over pay or pensions, we are taking this action on behalf of the children of Powys who's right to a good education is being undermined.

– Dee Hanson, NUT Division Secretary for Powys

The Council says it's consulting over the future of secondary schools in the area.

I am surprised and disappointed at the actions of the NUT in striking so close to such a crucial exam period for our young learners and in the middle of consultation over the future of secondary schools in mid and south Powys.

Our schools are facing major challenges which must be addressed if all children and young people are to achieve their full potential. We have falling pupil numbers which affects the funding we receive and limits our ability to provide the full national curriculum and maintain standards. We would be failing learners if we didn't take action to tackle the many problems facing our secondary schools. Strike action will not deflect our programme but could disrupt the work of school pupils at a crucial time.

– Arwel Jones, Cabinet Member for Schools, Powys County Council