1. ITV Report

Most schools expected to be closed in Jersey today, as teachers go on strike

A rally is expected to be held in the Royal Square at 1pm Credit: ITV Channel TV

Members of Jersey’s largest teachers’ union, the NASUWT will stage another walkout today, in the ongoing row over pay.

Most schools are expected to be closed.

The NASUWT has rejected the latest pay offer by the States Employment Board.

The SEB's pay offer was RPI plus 1.3% for 2020, totaling 4.7% from 1st January next year.

A rally is expected to be held in the Royal Square at 1pm, where teachers will be joined by members of the civil service unions.

The schools that will be closed include:

  • d'Auvergne Primary
  • First Tower Primary
  • Janvrin Primary
  • Rouge Bouillon Primary
  • Springfield Primary
  • Grands Vaux Primary
  • Plat Douet Primary
  • St Luke Primary
  • Samares Primary
  • St Clement Primary
  • Bel Royal Primary
  • St Lawrence Primary
  • Mont Nicolle Primary
  • Les Landes Primary
  • Grouville Primary
  • St Martin Primary
  • St Mary Primary
  • St Peter Primary
  • St Saviour Primary
  • Trinity Primary
  • Jersey College Preparatory School
  • Victoria College Prep
  • Mont A L'abbe Primary
  • Grainville Secondary
  • Haute Vallee Secondary
  • Le Rocquier Secondary
  • Les Quennevais Secondary: closed to Years 7-9. Year 10 on Project Trident. Open to Year 11 in the morning only.
  • Hautlieu Secondary
  • Jersey College for Girls Secondary: Open only to Years 11-13 for revision and private study.
  • Victoria College Secondary
  • Highlands College: planned classes for 16-19 year olds as normal.
  • La Sente: open to KS4
  • Mont A L'Abbe Secondary

St John Primary and La Moye Primary will stay open.

Schools have written to parents and carers to inform them of their plans for next week.

The NASUWT is deeply disappointed that the SEB has refused to listen to the genuine concerns of teachers in Jersey, leaving them with no other option than to take this strike action.

The NASUWT and its members apologise for any disruption today’s strike causes pupils and parents, but teachers feel they must make this stand for their right to be recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals by the SEB. Teachers’ pay and conditions are inextricably linked to the high standards of education for children and young people. Short change teachers and pupils are also short changed.

We remain ready to engage in further discussions to secure a resolution to this dispute, but the SEB should be left in no doubt about the strength of anger among teachers at the way in which they are being treated.

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary

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