Teachers at troubled school to walk out on strike just 24 hours after new term starts

The Coventry Telegraph is reporting that teachers at Blue Coat School in the city are set to strike today (Thursday) as part of an ongoing dispute.

The walkout at the troubled school comes just one day into the new school year.

The headteacher insists the school in Terry Road, Stoke will still be open as normal.

Teachers are unhappy about changes to work practices at the school. They claim new work policies are unfair and adversely affect their employment rights.

Teachers also say they only found on the school’s website that new policies were being introduced which would affect the terms and conditions of their employment…

Members of the National Union of Teachers claim the policies were imposed without ‘‘meaningful consultation’’ with the union representatives by the former head teacher, Dr Julie Roberts. 

The union says it had hoped the policies would be reversed but claims that has not happened under the new headmaster.

Jane Nellist, Joint Secretary of Coventry NUT, said: “Whilst the NUT recognises the difficulties the school has faced over the past year and has made every effort to seek a resolution to this dispute, the intransigence of the management has led to this situation…”

Francis Peacock, the school’s headmaster, said he felt disappointed that union members had decided to strike and indicated that he has been trying to work with the union on a resolution…

More at: Teachers at Coventry’s Blue Coat School to walk out on strike just 24 hours after new term starts


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