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By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

Schools will be disrupted by a teachers' strike on Wednesday

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HUNDREDS of teachers across Gloucestershire will strike on Wednesday in protest over educational reforms.

The National Union of Teachers is set to lead industrial action in disputes over performance-related pay, pension changes and an increasing workload for teaching staff.

Division secretary John Pemberthy said Michael Gove has become the most unpopular education secretary ever for freezing salaries and forcing headteachers to complete “pointless bureaucratic tasks” and work longer hours.

Union members are calling on Mr Gove to negotiate seriously over these concerns if he wants to avoid a national strike.

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Mr Pemberthy said: “Our intention is not to disrupt local education, but rather to send a message to Michael Gove that he must not underestimate how unhappy teachers are with what we has done to the education system.”

Barnwood C of E Primary School

Partially closed to pupils in Years 1,3,4,5 and 6. Open to pupils in the Reception class and Year 2 only.

Beaufort Co-operative Academy

Partially closed to years 7, 8, 9 and 10. It will remain open to years 11, 12 and 13 only.

Please refer to school letter for details.

Beech Green Primary School.

Closed to class J2 all day.

Belmont School.

The following classes will be closed 3.1, 3.2, 3.4 & 3.5. All other classes to attend as normal.

Carrant Brook Junior School

Closed for pupils in class 5PT only. Other classes will be unaffected.

Chalford Hill Primary School

Closed for pupils in YEAR 4 only. Other year groups will be unaffected.

Chesterton Primary School

Closed to Year One and Year Two all day. Open for all other years.

Churchdown Academy

OPEN to Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 ONLY. Closed to Years 7, 8 & 9.

Cirencester Deer Park School

Open for all Years apart from Year 9 who will be set revision work to do at home.

Cirencester Kingshill School

Closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Open to Year 11 only. Please refer to school letter for details.

Coalway Community Infant School

To open as normal.

Dunalley Primary School

Closed for pupils in classes 4A, 3B, 2L and 1Fox. All other classes and the nursery will be open as normal.

Elmbridge Junior School

Open all day to Classes 2, 7, 9, 11, 12 and the afternoon only for Class 8. Please refer to letter dated 13/03/14 for further detail. Please note the parent consultation evening will now be held on Thursday, March 27.

Gloucester Academy

Will open to Years 11 and 12 only. Closed to all other years.

Harewood Infant School

Closed for pupils in Purple, Green, Yellow, Red and Orange Classes. School will be open for children in Blue, Turquoise and Pink Classes.

Hesters Way Primary School

Will be partially closed due to the strike. Reception, Y1 Pink, Y1 Yellow and Y2 will be closed. Y3 to Y6 open as normal.

High School for Girls

Open for Years 10-13.

Leighterton Primary School

Will be closed to all pupils.

Longlevens Junior School

Plans to open as normal.

Marling School

Closed to Y7-10. Open to Year 11 as normal. Open to Y12 and Y13 who wish to attend (see website for details).

Meadowside Primary School

Will be closed to Reception, Yr1 Cherry, Yr2 and Yr5. The following Yr1 Oak, Yr3, Yr4 and Yr 6 should attend as normal.

Millbrook Academy

Will OPEN to Yrs 11, 12 and 13 ONLY. Closed to Yrs 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Naunton Park Primary School

Will be closed all day to Blue Class and Avon Class. Purple Class is open in the morning only - Purple Class children should be collected at 12:45pm after lunch.

Park Junior School

Will be closed to all pupils.

Paternoster School

Will be closed to classes 3, 4 and 6 only.

Rednock School

Will be closed to KS3 (Yrs 7, 8 & 9). Yrs 10, 11, 12 and 13 should attend as normal.

Rodmarton School

Will be closed Buzzard Class all day. Y1 closed all morning, opening at 12:00 noon. Open as normal for other years.

Sapperton C of E Primary School

Will be closed to all pupils.

Sir Thomas Rich's School

Plans to open as normal.

Springbank Primary Academy

Will be partially closed. Please refer to school letter for details of closed class.

St. David's Primary Academy School

Plans to open as normal.

St. Mark's C of E Junior School

Plans to open as normal.

Stroud Valley Community Primary School

Closed to Amber class all day. The rest of school will be open as normal.

Tewkesbury School

Will be open as normal.

The British School

Will be closed to all pupils.

The Dean Academy

Will be open for Yrs 10 and 11 and students rehearsing for the school play. Closed to all other years.

The Park Infant School and Early Years Centre

Will be closed to all pupils.

The Shrubberies School

Will be pen for the following classes: Nursery, Violet, Indigo, Elm , Beech, Maple. Closed for all other classes.

Thomas Keble School

Will be CLOSED to Years 8 and 9. The school will be OPEN for Years 7, 10 and 11. Parents should refer to the letter sent home on Monday for details.

Tredworth Junior School

Plans to open as normal.

Gloucester - Calton Primary School

NOTE - School is partially closed today. Reception Yellow Class and Y3 Opal Class are both closed. The rest of school is open as normal.

Cotswold - Longborough C of E Primary School

NOTE - School is partially closed today. Class 1 is closed, Class 2 is open.

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  • uk_socrates  |  March 26 2014, 7:33PM

    @TIMONLINE2010. I have not come across ANY evidence to support your claim. There is an overwhelming amount of research that promotes the use of tablets, and educational apps. I would advise watching a lot of educational videos on TED talks as well. The Khan Academy is also a fascinating online project. Justice with Michael Sandel is a great example of free-educational videos from a HARVARD professor! (Sadly these videos came to an end, as other universities started moaning that he might put them out of a job!)

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  • Hubert1841  |  March 26 2014, 2:51PM

    They should tar and feather Gove like the cheap, tawdry little criminal he is. Then hang him from a yard arm.

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  March 26 2014, 2:25PM

    This is true but there's also a lot of evidence to suggest that excessive use of tablets is harmful.

  • uk_socrates  |  March 26 2014, 2:08PM

    One way to reduce the workload is to bring more technology into schools. There is a lot of TED talks and a huge amount of research that shows teaching via apps on tablets that combine animations/presentations/videos with a quick test at the end is one of the best ways of learning. A lot of these educational apps can also mark themselves. This also means we can save money on textbooks and pens. There is also a lot of research that suggests giving pupils a tablet with smart educational apps increases the chances of them doing some learning in their own time. Educational apps also allow pupils to repeat various modules, so they don't get left behind. Some apps can even alert an admin account, if a pupil has been found re-reading a module from several weeks ago, this means the teacher can spend some dedicated time with that pupil going over a certain module or problem. Tablets also don't go on strike.

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  March 26 2014, 12:48PM

    supernova - I think you'll find that nurses still arn't pay a huge amount relatiove to their skills, qualifications, experience, responsibility and workload. The reason why they often don't change dressings, bedpans is purely a case of lack of time due to the increased admin workload and therefore HCAs and auxes end up doing what they once did. Yes - teachers know what they're getting into but it doesn't make it right and far fewer people are going into teaching now exactly because they know what they're getting into! Private sector pensions are commercial decisions but public sector pensions are the responsbility of the government and reflect the releatively lower pauy that public sector workers are paid.

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  • MontyToplady  |  March 26 2014, 11:34AM

    Jealous of their holidays? Then join a union and try and get more holidays yourself. Otherwise you are just a child who vindictively destroys someone else's things because you don't have them yourself

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  • MontyToplady  |  March 26 2014, 11:31AM

    I am sick of the illogical nature of this debate. If one more person comments: "I am not part of a union, I don't strike, and I get paid next to nothing for working longer hours. So teachers should be just like me and accept it...." I will lose the will to live. This is not political, it is logic. Use your brain - you should be more like the teachers not them more like you! Think about it...join a union, strike a bit more, then maybe your pay, terms and conditions will increase. Being a compliant non-complaining member of the work force will get you nowhere. Gains and protection in pay, terms and conditions are never given willingly, they have to be taken. It is a crazy race to bottom inspired by this nasty government who would love people to believe the lie that because we are all being mistreated we should all put up with it. Illogical nonsense. And for all the people who are so aghast that they have to look after their children for the day - get a life. Have the day off (who has a job so important that they cannot miss one day) and play some games with them. Who knows, you may even enjoy it

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  • supernova1  |  March 26 2014, 11:06AM

    EmmaL....sorry, you are so off kilter! Teaching is a vocation, just like nursing etc. For a while, not so long ago, nurses were paid peanuts, had long hours etc. Now, after the Liebour party has spent £squillions on them, they enjoy such high rewards, that half of them won't do what they are paid to do, ie, 'nurse'. They won't change dressings, bedpans etc, the aux's do that. And if you notice, whenever we are talking about the low paid, we never refer to 'nurses pay' any more. But prior to all the increases, nurses still came into the profession. They knew the money was cr@p, the work tiring, smelly at times, etc, but you know what, the good days outnumbered the bad. Look at all the failing NHS trusts, with prosecutions of individual negligent or lazy nurses. As for teachers, they know what they are coming in to. Except my dozy sister-in-law, who studied for four years, started her first day, and was told she was taking work home, and promptly resigned....lol! They know what they are entering in to. Granted the pensions or T's & C's have changed, but then so have mine, and I'm in the private sector. My Government pension has been put back, and my private pension value has been halved. What am I doing about it? Well, not whingeing to start with, nor am I going on strike, as I will have my contract terminated. No, I'm working EVEN harder. And before you ask, it's an outside job, delivering goods. I work seven days a week, and I'm sixty next year. My attitude is; While I'm fit and able, and there is work available, I will work to increase my pot of cash. So many people, while they are still fit, want to retire early. So please, you have our future in your hands, ie, the education of our children. They have only one chance, please, DO THE RIGHT THING.

  • Apothegm_  |  March 26 2014, 10:32AM

    @EmmaL: "My children's schools are not striking today and I'm a little disappointed they are not. It's important to me that my children see that people are able to unite to fight for their rights and to protest at the unfair destruction of democracy this government is enforcing." That is the best spoof introduction to a Comment that I have seen for some time, and is worthy of Shaun Shute!

  • EmmaL  |  March 26 2014, 9:40AM

    My children's schools are not striking today and I'm a little disappointed they are not. It's important to me that my children see that people are able to unite to fight for their rights and to protest at the unfair destruction of democracy this government is enforcing. This to me is surely part of a good education – encouraging children to develop as individuals and have the confidence and strength to stand up and face bullies and the torrent of unfair policies. I am so tired of listening to parents moaning about teachers striking and comparing it to the fines imposed if children are taken out of school during term time. It's nothing to do with this and perhaps parents should consider using that energy and directing it at the holiday companies to protest at the extortionate prices charged in school holidays. Striking is a last resort and teachers do not get paid for it. They don't want this disruption and maybe if Michael Gove turned up to listen to them it might have helped. It's not just about salaries and conditions. What about the decline in the standard of education for our children now and in the future? What about the failing academies and free schools? How many parents want the unqualified teachers and lack of local accountability these allow? Academies give parents no voice and conversion processes have and are creating social division and damaging relationships within communities across the country. Millions of public money squandered on experiments with something so valuable as the education of our children and their children. Experiments that clearly aren't working. What about the endless stream of rushed policies that Gove has put upon the teachers, children and schools. Any industry would struggle to cope with the sheer volume of changes Gove has put upon them. Parents are being kept in the dark more and unaware of many of the changes. I don't want my children's learning environment to be so test driven and pressured for them . I don't agree with children being tested when they first begin at school as they are so young and this will put them into categories so fast. I fully support evevery one striking today and wish more parents would wake up and defend their children's education. Gove Is quite simply a privatiser. He is rubbish at his job and knows very little about education. He's privatising our schools and profits are going to his party donors.

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