Eleven more strike days announced at Derbyshire school

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that eleven further days of strike action are planned at a Derbyshire school before the end of the year.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are taking action over changes to the school day at Alfreton Grange, which came into force in September.

The NUT has said the school is increasing the length of the day, shortening the breaks and almost doubling the number of lessons.

Its strike action announcement came after it said a public meeting about the issue drew more than 200 people.

Deborah Turner, county division secretary of the NUT, said the meeting clearly showed that “parents and the local community do not support the new timetable”…

Mrs Turner said: “No teacher takes strike action lightly but the NUT is convinced that the changes implemented at Alfreton Grange Arts College has significant workload issues for staff and perhaps even more significantly, will impact negatively on the education offered to pupils at the school.

“Staff and pupils at now have nine teaching and learning periods for the majority of days during the week.

“As a teacher myself, I know the workload that this engenders and also the impracticality of teaching a lesson such as art, design technology, food technology, PE or science during a 45 minute time-frame…”

More at: More strike days announced at Derbyshire school

 

No signs of any resolution here but is the NUT justified in suggesting they are doing this to protect the education of pupils or is it essentially an employment issue?

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