BREAKING NEWS TUESDAY 2.25PM: Teachers’ strike called off at Spalding Grammar School as pay deal is accepted

Teachers have voted to call off strike action at Spalding Grammar School.
Teachers have voted to call off strike action at Spalding Grammar School.

A strike at Spalding Grammar School has been called off today after a pay deal was accepted “overwhemingly” by teachers.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) met this lunchtime to consider an offer from senior teachers and governors at the school to give them a one per cent pay rise, backdated to September.

Teachers were due to strike tomorrow over the school’s initial decision not to pay them more, as recommended by an independent School Teachers’ Review Body.

But a meeting of governors last night signalled the u-turn which NUT members voted to accept at a meeting with area union leaders today.

Nick Raine, regional officer for the NUT’s Yorkshire/Midlands branch, said: “We’ve had a meeting with our members after the school had offered a one per cent salary increase, backdated to September 2015.

“Our members have accepted that and suspended the strike action planned for tomorrow.

“It’s a great victory for the teachers and, subject to the pay award going through, we won’t be taking any more action in the future.”

Earlier this month teachers had voted unanimously to take strike action over what Mr Raine described as “school management unfairly withholding a paltry pay award that other teachers in Lincolnshire are receiving”.

But at the time, chairman of governors Rev John Bennett said: “The governors of Spalding Grammar School will continue to talk with the headmaster and the staff to establish the priorities for expenditure of the school budget.

“I am confident that together we can work out what is most likely to be in the best interests of the school and its students.”