Teacher strikes: Majority of Dorset schools could close on October 17th
SCHOOLS in Dorset could close over strike action later this month.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) are urging teachers to walk out on Thursday 17th October over pay and pensions.
Around 90 per cent of teachers in Dorset could strike.
Dorset County Council is working to ensure that as many pupils as possible can attend lessons during the planned strike.
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Mark Loveys, lead advisor for school improvement at Dorset County Council said: “We are encouraging schools to stay open. However, the final decision as to whether a school remains open, closed or partially closed lies with the headteacher and the chair of governors.
“All schools have been asked to give parents, school transport and pupils as much notice as possible.”
A spokesperson for Poole Borough Council added: “The council offers guidance regarding risk assessments which headteachers are required to carry out but other than that we are not involved.
“The only advice we can offer is to tell parents to maintain regular contact with schools.”
Teachers last went on strike in November 2011.
This month’s strike action is being organised in protest over Education Secretary Michael Gove’s reforms bringing a longer school day and year and teachers working longer for pensions.
A spokesperson for the NUT said: “Teachers are deeply concerned about the impact these imposed changes are having on the morale of the teaching profession, the recruitment and retention of teachers and on the provision of quality education for pupils.
“The NUT and the NASUWT are still asking the Government to enter into genuine talks to resolve this dispute.”
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