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NUT and NASUWT teachers' strike causes Borehamwood schools to close for some year groups
Schools across Borehamwood will be closed or partially closed tomorrow as teachers strike over pay and pensions.
Unions NUT and NASUWT, which represent nine out of ten teachers in Hertforshire, have called a day of strike action tomorrow in response to government changes in pay, pensions and working conditions.
Yavneh College in Hillside Avenue will be closed to Years 7, 8 and 9.
St Teresa’s Primary School in Brook Road will be closed to all but Year 6 pupils.
Summerswood Primary School in Furzehill Road will be closed to Year One children.
Cowley Hill Primary School is fully open.
Hertfordshire representative for the NASUWT Tim Ramsden said: “Going on strike is always a last resort, and it is something we have been trying to avoid.
“However Education Secretary Michael Gove has refused to consult with us on his new policy or show us the evidence he has justifying these changes.
“Teachers want their pupils to improve and make progress and they work very hard to enable that.
"The image Mr Gove is trying to project that they work from 9am until 3.30pm and have long holidays simply isn’t true.
“However many teachers feel bureaucracy, which does nothing to help their pupils, is taking over their lives and taking away from the time they can dedicate to teaching.
“They are also concerned about having to work until the age of 68 and paying more for their pensions.”
Hertfordshire representative for the NUT David Williams accused the Government of no longer requiring schools to employ qualified teachers, rushing through an underfunded and ill advised curriculum, introducign unneccessary tests and creating chaos by allowing neighbouring schools to have different holidays."
He added: “Across the country our education system is being undermined.
“Members of the NUT and the NASUWT have already been engaged in jointly co-ordinated industrial action short of strike, in order to avoid disruption.
“However, the Secretary of State for Education is continuing to make changes to teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions of service that are not supported by teachers and are making it much harder for schools to recruit and retain good teachers.
“Teachers deeply regret the disruption caused by strike action.
"However, the Government’s refusal to engage to resolve the dispute means they have no alternative other than to demonstrate to the Government the seriousness of their concerns.”
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