TEACHERS across the county could walk out of class again after the National Union of Teachers voted for strikes that could close schools in Gloucestershire in the week beginning June 23.
The action is part of a long-running campaign over teachers’ pay and workloads.
The union, at its conference in Brighton, also decided to consult teachers on further action in the autumn term. There were chants of ‘Gove must go’ from members of the NUT at their annual conference.
They overwhelmingly voted on Monday for a motion calling for a national campaign on pay and working conditions.
Schools in Gloucester said they were undecided on whether to walk out.
Lynfa Jenkins, headteacher of Innsworth Junior School, said: “We did not take part in the last strike because we have just been so busy in school and we have not discussed the one in June yet.
“I can appreciate why some schools will take part but my main focus is the SATS exams coming up. We are very busy preparing pupils for their exams.”
Carol Baron, headteacher from St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Gloucester, said: “It is a bit early to decide yet, but I will ask staff nearer the time.”
The other biggest classroom teachers’ union, the NASUWT, has also threatened to take industrial action in the run-up to next year's General Election.
Jane Lloyd-Davies, head of education performance and intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It is up to individual schools to ask their staff how they intend to react to instructions from their union.
“Schools then need to make a decision about whether they can cover classes and stay open or whether they need to close on the day of any planned strike.
“Schools are asked to inform us as soon as possible if they intend to close on any date so that this information can be put on the schools emergency closure webpage at gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools, and parents can be given as much notice as possible.”