Teachers strike at Chesterfield School

Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:30
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union are taking part in two days of strike action at Dunston Primary School, Chesterfield.

Following a lawful national ballot, teachers at the school, like the overwhelming majority of teachers right across the country, in furtherance of a trade dispute with the Secretary of State, have been taking action short of strike action over pay, pensions, conditions of service and job loss.

The dedicated teachers at Dunston Primary School have continued to prepare for and teach their lessons, mark and assess pupils' work and carry out all those tasks which, in their professional judgment, assist them in focusing on teaching and learning.  Not one pupil has had their education disrupted by this action, which has been in place since December 2011.

However, punitive and aggressive actions by the School's management have resulted in the teachers being left with no alternative but to take strike action.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:

"The teachers at Dunston have engaged in action which is designed to be pupil, parent and public friendly.

"They deeply regret that they have been forced by the employer to take strike action.

"Not one single pupil had their education disrupted or compromised by anything the teachers were doing.

"Any disruption today is entirely the responsibility of the school management.

"The NASUWT offered to withdraw the strike action if the school was engaged in constructive dialogue and suspend its punitive action against the teachers, but they have failed to respond."

Dave Wilkinson, NASUWT National Executive Member for Derbyshire said:

"The School has claimed repeatedly that the staff and pupils are failing and the teachers at Dunston Primary School are poor or inadequate. This is not the case as the most recent Ofsted inspection confirmed.

"These false claims have been used to introduce working practices which, far from supporting teaching and learning, distract from it."

Source: ©NASUWT

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