Schools set to be affected by Wednesday's strike

Gazette: Schools set to be affected by Wednesday's strike Schools set to be affected by Wednesday's strike

Schools are facing disruption as members of the biggest teaching union are set to strike on Wednesday.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), which has between 800 and 1,000 members in Colchester, Clacton and Harwich, has called for a walk-out over workload, pay and pensions and the need for every classroom to have a qualified teacher.

It is the third strike to be called after the union balloted for industrial action in 2011.

The Government has dubbed the strikes disruptive and damaging.

Jean Quinn, public relations officer for the Colchester and North East Essex NUT, said: “We deeply regret that it is disruptive to people but the purpose is to send a message to the Government and we hope parents will support us as they too will want a qualified teacher in front of their children."

A Department for Education spokesman said: "Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government's measures to let heads pay good teachers more.

"They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and talks have been taking place weekly.

"Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is taking action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.”
 

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2:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

AuntMelons says...

I asked my daughters school for just the afternoon off (just 2 1/2 hours off) a while ago to travel to a family get-together but was refused. Hence we got stuck in hours of traffic and was late. If her school goes on strike, I am going to have a right moan at them!
I asked my daughters school for just the afternoon off (just 2 1/2 hours off) a while ago to travel to a family get-together but was refused. Hence we got stuck in hours of traffic and was late. If her school goes on strike, I am going to have a right moan at them! AuntMelons
  • Score: 19

4:18pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

My son asked for two days off school to take his five year old to a family wedding and was told it would be unauthorised and he could be fined! So if that is the case what redress do parents have against the school failing to provide proper education? Obviously none, It's a case of they set the rules just to suit themselves?
My son asked for two days off school to take his five year old to a family wedding and was told it would be unauthorised and he could be fined! So if that is the case what redress do parents have against the school failing to provide proper education? Obviously none, It's a case of they set the rules just to suit themselves? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 20

11:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

They should lose a week's pay. What a terrible example to set children.
They should lose a week's pay. What a terrible example to set children. Reginald47
  • Score: 2

12:28am Sun 23 Mar 14

Lawford Lass says...

Really pleased that Manningtree High School is staying open as my son is in the middle of GCSE revision.
Really pleased that Manningtree High School is staying open as my son is in the middle of GCSE revision. Lawford Lass
  • Score: -1

7:58am Sun 23 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

They must have so many holes in their feet it's a wonder they can walk.remember you get what you vote for.nhs, schools public works social care.conservative policies l think not.vote???
They must have so many holes in their feet it's a wonder they can walk.remember you get what you vote for.nhs, schools public works social care.conservative policies l think not.vote??? stevedawson
  • Score: -3

8:51am Sun 23 Mar 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

It is funny how the government criticise staff within health and education departments for taking inductrial action over pay. Perhaps if everyone received the same 11% rise as MP's then such action would not be required. Remember we are all this together. If my childrens school is school closes due to industrial action then it would be inconvenient but I would understand what the teachers were fighting for.
On the subject of taking children out of school, I agree that it appears to be a one way street, they can but you can't. I know of parents who simply declare their children as been sick to get round the issue. It's wrong but as authorities begin to implement taxes sorry I mean fines for being absent then I think more parents including myself would consider doing the same.
It is funny how the government criticise staff within health and education departments for taking inductrial action over pay. Perhaps if everyone received the same 11% rise as MP's then such action would not be required. Remember we are all this together. If my childrens school is school closes due to industrial action then it would be inconvenient but I would understand what the teachers were fighting for. On the subject of taking children out of school, I agree that it appears to be a one way street, they can but you can't. I know of parents who simply declare their children as been sick to get round the issue. It's wrong but as authorities begin to implement taxes sorry I mean fines for being absent then I think more parents including myself would consider doing the same. Arthur Fonzarelli
  • Score: 16

2:23pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Madcowmac says...

Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.
Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important. Madcowmac
  • Score: -3

2:54pm Sun 23 Mar 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Madcowmac wrote:
Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.
Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government.
[quote][p][bold]Madcowmac[/bold] wrote: Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.[/p][/quote]Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government. wearebeingwatched
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
Madcowmac wrote:
Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.
Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government.
Agree its not teachers but LEA who set their own policy on school absenteeism. Therefore, it should be the LEA who is responsible for providing adequate education cover when teachers go on strike to ensure they follow the same rules they expect of parents.
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Madcowmac[/bold] wrote: Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.[/p][/quote]Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government.[/p][/quote]Agree its not teachers but LEA who set their own policy on school absenteeism. Therefore, it should be the LEA who is responsible for providing adequate education cover when teachers go on strike to ensure they follow the same rules they expect of parents. Say It As It Is OK?
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11:41am Mon 24 Mar 14

Scoot says...

I've asked my son to ask his maths teacher how more than 50% of 24% of a total can be deemed as greater than 50% of the total. And if he is told not to be stupid to ask why then can the school be partly closed on Wednesday and he is missing classes but if he asks for time off to attend something important connected with his family then he is not allowed the time off and his family are threatened with a fine. The fact is that the MAJORITY of teachers couldn't even be bothered to vote. If they want parents to actually take them seriously and sympathise with their actions the NUT should at least endeavour to get 100pct of their membership to vote, whereas at present all we have is a tail wagging the dog.
I've asked my son to ask his maths teacher how more than 50% of 24% of a total can be deemed as greater than 50% of the total. And if he is told not to be stupid to ask why then can the school be partly closed on Wednesday and he is missing classes but if he asks for time off to attend something important connected with his family then he is not allowed the time off and his family are threatened with a fine. The fact is that the MAJORITY of teachers couldn't even be bothered to vote. If they want parents to actually take them seriously and sympathise with their actions the NUT should at least endeavour to get 100pct of their membership to vote, whereas at present all we have is a tail wagging the dog. Scoot
  • Score: -4

9:54pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Assimilation says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
Madcowmac wrote:
Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.
Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government.
OK so them striking is not illegal, but disrupting a child's education is, and that's what they will be doing. And for doing just that then the government should fine the teachers not £100 like a parent that takes one child out of school, but 10 fold for shutting the school and disrupting all the children's education. And do that every time the teachers shut the schools for baker days and Christmas shopping days. That will make them think twice about taking days out
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Madcowmac[/bold] wrote: Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.[/p][/quote]Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government.[/p][/quote]OK so them striking is not illegal, but disrupting a child's education is, and that's what they will be doing. And for doing just that then the government should fine the teachers not £100 like a parent that takes one child out of school, but 10 fold for shutting the school and disrupting all the children's education. And do that every time the teachers shut the schools for baker days and Christmas shopping days. That will make them think twice about taking days out Assimilation
  • Score: -8

2:29pm Tue 25 Mar 14

drsacky says...

Parents on here don't seem to realise that it isn't teachers fining them or blocking their kids going on affordable holidays. Teachers want to provide the best education possible for a fair salary, reasonable workload and normal retirement age. We don't support holiday firms ripping parents off or the fining of families when children are absent for valid reasons.
SUPPORT TEACHERS - SUPPORT EDUCATION
Parents on here don't seem to realise that it isn't teachers fining them or blocking their kids going on affordable holidays. Teachers want to provide the best education possible for a fair salary, reasonable workload and normal retirement age. We don't support holiday firms ripping parents off or the fining of families when children are absent for valid reasons. SUPPORT TEACHERS - SUPPORT EDUCATION drsacky
  • Score: 8

2:31pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

Scoot wrote:
I've asked my son to ask his maths teacher how more than 50% of 24% of a total can be deemed as greater than 50% of the total. And if he is told not to be stupid to ask why then can the school be partly closed on Wednesday and he is missing classes but if he asks for time off to attend something important connected with his family then he is not allowed the time off and his family are threatened with a fine. The fact is that the MAJORITY of teachers couldn't even be bothered to vote. If they want parents to actually take them seriously and sympathise with their actions the NUT should at least endeavour to get 100pct of their membership to vote, whereas at present all we have is a tail wagging the dog.
Same could be said about many MP's, how many elected MP's have acheived more than 50% of the total electoral vote?
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: I've asked my son to ask his maths teacher how more than 50% of 24% of a total can be deemed as greater than 50% of the total. And if he is told not to be stupid to ask why then can the school be partly closed on Wednesday and he is missing classes but if he asks for time off to attend something important connected with his family then he is not allowed the time off and his family are threatened with a fine. The fact is that the MAJORITY of teachers couldn't even be bothered to vote. If they want parents to actually take them seriously and sympathise with their actions the NUT should at least endeavour to get 100pct of their membership to vote, whereas at present all we have is a tail wagging the dog.[/p][/quote]Same could be said about many MP's, how many elected MP's have acheived more than 50% of the total electoral vote? Arthur Fonzarelli
  • Score: 7

4:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

Assimilation wrote:
wearebeingwatched wrote:
Madcowmac wrote: Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.
Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government.
OK so them striking is not illegal, but disrupting a child's education is, and that's what they will be doing. And for doing just that then the government should fine the teachers not £100 like a parent that takes one child out of school, but 10 fold for shutting the school and disrupting all the children's education. And do that every time the teachers shut the schools for baker days and Christmas shopping days. That will make them think twice about taking days out
I would argue that some parents should be fined for disrupting their own childs education. School is not a childcare facility and education is not just Monday to Friday between 8am and 3pm during school term. I find it astonishing the number of parents who blame teachers for their childs lack of progress when it is clear that once out of school the child is not in anyway supported, encouraged or pushed to learn. I am not a teacher or in education but I understand that teaching is a vocation which probably makes it even harder for a teacher to support industrial action.
[quote][p][bold]Assimilation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Madcowmac[/bold] wrote: Send the teachers who strike a £100 fine for on attendance, it's disgusting that we as parents get snotty phone calls if our children are absent. I for one will be sending my child in, and demanding in my own special way that they get taught after all all schools keep preceding education is important.[/p][/quote]Fine them for doing something legal, ehmm interesting. Last time I looked it was still a legal right of workers to strike. Also it is not the teachers or schools that set the no absence policy, that came from the Government.[/p][/quote]OK so them striking is not illegal, but disrupting a child's education is, and that's what they will be doing. And for doing just that then the government should fine the teachers not £100 like a parent that takes one child out of school, but 10 fold for shutting the school and disrupting all the children's education. And do that every time the teachers shut the schools for baker days and Christmas shopping days. That will make them think twice about taking days out[/p][/quote]I would argue that some parents should be fined for disrupting their own childs education. School is not a childcare facility and education is not just Monday to Friday between 8am and 3pm during school term. I find it astonishing the number of parents who blame teachers for their childs lack of progress when it is clear that once out of school the child is not in anyway supported, encouraged or pushed to learn. I am not a teacher or in education but I understand that teaching is a vocation which probably makes it even harder for a teacher to support industrial action. Arthur Fonzarelli
  • Score: 3

6:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

toadytoad says...

As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant who is expected to take whole lessons in place of a teacher as required I can fully see why a qualified teacher should teach your children, I am qualified to cover for a few hours here and there I am not a qualified teacher and shouldn't be used as one so support the strike on the same level as I don't support fining parents and no im not striking either
As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant who is expected to take whole lessons in place of a teacher as required I can fully see why a qualified teacher should teach your children, I am qualified to cover for a few hours here and there I am not a qualified teacher and shouldn't be used as one so support the strike on the same level as I don't support fining parents and no im not striking either toadytoad
  • Score: 0

9:47am Wed 26 Mar 14

Scoot says...

Arthur, I agree, it should be made compulsory for all those registered to vote i.e a criminal offence if you don't. Then we wouldn't get the whingers going on and on. But I bet if you checked more than 50pct of the electorate do get off their ar5es to vote in gerneral elections at present. With the NUT 73% couldn't even be bothered and only 22.28% of the total voted for. If teachers want any symapthy from parents over their strike then maybe the NUT should get a vast majority of their membership to vote not just 27% and also strike on the non-pupil days thus inconveniencing the powers that be not the kids and their parents, or do the majority of teachers view these days as time to do 'social and economic studies' at Lakeside.
Arthur, I agree, it should be made compulsory for all those registered to vote i.e a criminal offence if you don't. Then we wouldn't get the whingers going on and on. But I bet if you checked more than 50pct of the electorate do get off their ar5es to vote in gerneral elections at present. With the NUT 73% couldn't even be bothered and only 22.28% of the total voted for. If teachers want any symapthy from parents over their strike then maybe the NUT should get a vast majority of their membership to vote not just 27% and also strike on the non-pupil days thus inconveniencing the powers that be not the kids and their parents, or do the majority of teachers view these days as time to do 'social and economic studies' at Lakeside. Scoot
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

romantic says...

Scoot wrote:
Arthur, I agree, it should be made compulsory for all those registered to vote i.e a criminal offence if you don't. Then we wouldn't get the whingers going on and on. But I bet if you checked more than 50pct of the electorate do get off their ar5es to vote in gerneral elections at present. With the NUT 73% couldn't even be bothered and only 22.28% of the total voted for. If teachers want any symapthy from parents over their strike then maybe the NUT should get a vast majority of their membership to vote not just 27% and also strike on the non-pupil days thus inconveniencing the powers that be not the kids and their parents, or do the majority of teachers view these days as time to do 'social and economic studies' at Lakeside.
There are no MPs in the country who have a vote of 50% of all registered voters. Bob Russell, who got a substantial majority, got 30% support (meaning 30% of all eligible voters). Looking at the largest majorities, Liverpool Walton's Labour MP got 72%, but that represents 40% of the electorate.

Compulsory voting? Personally, I have always voted, because I think that past generations have fought hard for this right. Not sure if I would support it being compulsory, as the risk is that people end up voting for joke candidates, celebrities put in for a laugh etc.

I know a few teachers, including some on strike today, and none of them do it lightly, or view it as the chance for a day of shopping. It really is done as a last resort, as I understand it.
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Arthur, I agree, it should be made compulsory for all those registered to vote i.e a criminal offence if you don't. Then we wouldn't get the whingers going on and on. But I bet if you checked more than 50pct of the electorate do get off their ar5es to vote in gerneral elections at present. With the NUT 73% couldn't even be bothered and only 22.28% of the total voted for. If teachers want any symapthy from parents over their strike then maybe the NUT should get a vast majority of their membership to vote not just 27% and also strike on the non-pupil days thus inconveniencing the powers that be not the kids and their parents, or do the majority of teachers view these days as time to do 'social and economic studies' at Lakeside.[/p][/quote]There are no MPs in the country who have a vote of 50% of all registered voters. Bob Russell, who got a substantial majority, got 30% support (meaning 30% of all eligible voters). Looking at the largest majorities, Liverpool Walton's Labour MP got 72%, but that represents 40% of the electorate. Compulsory voting? Personally, I have always voted, because I think that past generations have fought hard for this right. Not sure if I would support it being compulsory, as the risk is that people end up voting for joke candidates, celebrities put in for a laugh etc. I know a few teachers, including some on strike today, and none of them do it lightly, or view it as the chance for a day of shopping. It really is done as a last resort, as I understand it. romantic
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