By Tristan Harris Wednesday 25 September 2013 Updated: 25/09 16:05
SCHOOLS across Bromsgrove district will be closed or partially closed on Tuesday (October 1) because of a strike by teaching staff.
Chadsgrove First, Crown Meadow First and Nursery, Fairfield First, Finstall First, St Bede's Catholic Aston Fields Middle, Chadsgrove School and Specialist Sports College, Rigby Hall, Hagley High, Waseley and North Bromsgrove High School will be among those affected by industrial action.
There will be full strikes at St Bede's, Aston Fields, Hagley and Waseley.
Fairfield will be closed to all of those children in Willow Class. All other children are expected to attend school as usual.
Only classes 2B and 3DE will be in for Finstall.
Crown Meadow is open to reception classes only.
At Chadsgrove, the school is only open for classes 2LS, 7LS and 8LS only. All the other teachers are striking.
Rigby Hall will be closed to 3DP, 3TW, 4GMY, year ten, 11 and post 16. Year nine should attend as normal
North Bromsgrove will be closed for years nine, ten and 11, but open to sixth-formers.
It comes as the two largest teacher unions, the NASUWT and the NUT, which represent nine of ten teachers nationwide, undertake their Protect Teachers and Defend Education campaign.
On their websites, the unions stated that, on that day, teachers would be attending a series of regional rallies to demonstrate their anger, frustration and concern after the 'continued refusal of the Secretary of State to genuinely engage with the NUT and the NASUWT to seek to resolve trade disputes with him'.
Christine Blower, the NUT's general secretary, said: “At the start of the new academic year, the last thing teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action.
"It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage.
“With pay pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate teachers now however have no other choice.
“Michael Gove has demoralised an entire profession, it is time that he started to listen for the sake of teachers, pupils and education.”
Chris Keates, the NASUWT's general secretary, said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless.
“The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism.
“Teachers will be angered by the recklessness of the Secretary of State’s continuing failure to take seriously their concerns and engage in genuine discussions to address them.”
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