Most schools in Northampton to be affected by the teachers' strike on Tuesday

Dozens of schools in Northampton are set to be affected by a teacher's strike set to take place tomorrow (Tuesday).

Monday, 4th July 2016, 5:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:11 pm

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will walk out after voting in favour of action in order to address school funding and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts.

In the NUT’s ballot, 91.7 per cent voted in favour of strike action, with a 24.5 per cent turnout.

A message set to parents of Northampton Academy states the school will only be open for year six children on Tuesday.

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Malcolm Arnold Academy will only be open for year six and sixth form students and Weston Favell Academy will only be open for years six, seven, 10 and 12.

Gordon White, spokesman for the NUT in Northamptonshire, said he believed most schools in Northampton would be affected by the strike.

He said: “The overwhelming majority of schools have teachers who are NUT members.

“It is hard to gauge the exact impact as there are more than 300 schools in Northamptonshire and we do not get individual feedback from all of them.”

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Meanwhile, members of the University and College Union (UCU) at the University of Northampton will be also be withdrawing their labour on Tuesday.

They have been working to contract since May 25 as part of a national dispute with UCEA, the organisation that negotiates on behalf of the employers.

The strike has been scheduled on the same day as the NUT strike and precedes a joint day of activities in defence of education.

At 10am staff picketing at Park Campus will march to join colleagues at Avenue Campus before processing to a joint NUT and UCU rally at Northampton Working Men’s Club in Sheep Street.

The dispute is about: the gender pay gap, which nationally stands at nearly 13 per cent but locally is over 15 per cent and the increased use of casual labour, which the union claims ‘has a hugely negative effect on the quality of the student experience’.