Dozens of schools in Northamptonshire only partially open due to strike

Teachers on strike in Northampton on June 30 ENGNNL00120110630170459
Teachers on strike in Northampton on June 30 ENGNNL00120110630170459

Dozens of schools in Northamptonshire are only partially open today as a result of the NUT teaching strike.

According to Northamptonshire County Council’s website, 24 schools in the county are closed while the majority of secondary schools in Northampton are only open to certain year groups.

Gordon White, county secretary of the NUT said the strike was part of a campaign to protect pay, pensions and to ensure a workload that means children receive the best possible teaching.

The latest nationwide strike, which the NASUWT teaching union is not taking part in, follows a series of regional strikes in the autumn, including union action in Northamptonshire in October last year.

Mr White said members of the NUT are concerned that government changes will have a damaging effect on education, including teachers working until they are 68 or beyond, increasing pension contributions by 50 per cent and reducing the pension package and introducing performance related pay.

He said: “Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels.

“Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents – he must listen and change direction.”

Schools listed as closed on the county council website:

Broughton Primary School

Campion School

Castle Academy

Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village

Diamond Learning Community

East Hunsbury Primary School

Greenfields School and Sports College

Guilsborough Church of England Primary School

Helmdon Primary School

Higham Ferrers Junior School

Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School

Kings Heath Academy

Kingsley Primary School

Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School

Maplefields School

Oakley Vale Primary

Pitsford Primary School

St James CEVA Primary School

Sywell C of E Vol. Aided Primary School

The Elizabeth Woodville School

The Latimer Arts College

Victoria Primary School

Weldon Church of England Primary School

Wollaston School