SCHOOLS across Worcester will be closed or partially closed next week because of a strike by teaching staff.
Full closures include Hindlip CE First School, St George’s CE Primary School and St Clement’s CE Primary School.
Fort Royal Primary School has a number of classes closed and at Nunnery Wood Primary, only one year 5/6 class will be affected from 8.40am until 12pm.
The action 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.
Teachers will 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, added: “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.