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Strike action hits High Peak schools
Thursday 27th March 2014 @ 08:44 by Lisa B
Glossop Chronicle

Fewer local schools than expected were hit yesterday (Wednesday) by the National Union of Teachers nationwide strike.

Glossop’s St Philip Howard High School was open for business as usual.tameradio logo

While the twin-complex Glossopdale Community College was only partially affected.

For Years 9 and 10 and sixth formers, it was a normal school day. But for hundreds more it was a day off.

The union decided to strike over ‘excessive workloads and bureaucracy,’ plus pay and pensions issues.

Padfield Primary was one of the very few High Peak schools that were closed.

Duke of Norfolk, Gamesley, St Margaret’s,  Tintwistle,  All  Saints primaries, were among the majority of schools open as normal. While at St James, one of the High Peak’s biggest primary schools, only two classes were not in.

It was the same story in the rest of the High Peak, most schools were open as usual. Chapel High and Newtown Primary, were amongst those only partially affected.

Speaking  to the Chronicle, Derbyshire NUT divisional officer Deborah Turner believed their actions had the backing of the public.

She said talks with local people had produced a ‘lot of support.’

She said the union was also lobbying MPs, including High Peak’s MP Andrew Bingham, in pursuit of their concerns.

The union’s general secretary Christine Blower said: “The Government’s refusal to resolve the dispute means we have no alternative other than to demonstrate the seriousness of our concerns.

“Teachers’ levels of workload are intolerable, the Government’s own survey shows that primary school teachers work nearly 60 hours a week and secondary school teachers work nearly 56 hours a week.

“Two in five teachers are leaving the profession in the first five years. This is bad for children and education.”