Schools face more strikes by teachers

MAY CLOSE: Gosberton Academy could be put out of action again if teachers strike in June.
MAY CLOSE: Gosberton Academy could be put out of action again if teachers strike in June.
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Hundreds of South Holland children face more time off school with the National Union of Teachers (NUT) poised to strike in June.

A one day teachers’ strike in March closed Gosberton Academy, as all four of its teachers are in the NUT, and its 113 pupils spent the day at home.

Gosberton head of school Jamile Sherrick said this week it’s too early to say if there will be a repeat of the closure if teachers strike during the week starting June 23.

She said: “We have to wait and see what they decide to do. It’s a very tricky one. Headteachers are not allowed to influence in any way the teachers’ right to strike.”

Gosberton was one of only two Lincolnshire schools put out of action in the March strike over pay and pensions, but hundreds of South Holland youngsters were forced to take a day off.

Donington Thomas Cowley High School asked 221 of its students to stay at home, University Academy Holbeach opened only for Years 11, 12 and 13, The Priory School at Spalding gave 56 pupils the day off, and two other primaries – Westmere at Sutton Bridge and Gedney Drove End – were only partially open.

Delegates at the NUT conference on Monday decided to strike in June unless “significant progress” is made in talks with the Government. Teachers want a deal that will make up for what they see as pay cuts since 2010.

There are GCSE and A-level exams scheduled on the first three days of the week starting June 23, but its not clear if exams will be hit.

Spalding Grammar School had ten teachers on strike in March, but opened for all pupils.

Headteacher Nigel Ryan said they did so thanks to “wonderful cooperation” from all the students.