Teachers strike at Sheffield primary school in row over ‘imposed changes to policy, workload, stress and management practices’

The Sheffield Telegraph reports that staff walked out at Westways Primary School, in Crookes, this morning over changes made by the school’s executive headteacher.

It is the first of four days of planned strike action by members of the National Education Union. The union said staff are unhappy with changes to policy, workload and management practices which they claim were introduced without consultation by executive headteacher Sam Fearnehough, who was brought in at the end of the last academic year to improve standards following two poor Ofsted reports.

Staff claim this has led increased stress and a drop in morale.

Mrs Fernehough said the changes have already had a ‘positive impact’ and that discussions took place with senior leader and teaching staff about a range of improvements.

Year three teacher Helen Waterman said union members just wanted to be listened to. She said: “All we want is to feel like we are being treated like professional teachers and we can have a say in developing the curriculum in the right way so we feel ownership of it rather than just being dictated to.”

Francyne Johnson, who has a child at the school, set up a petition in support of the staff which has gained more than 600 signatures.

Speaking on the picket line, she said: “I set up the petition because the teachers are fighting for things that are really important.”

“There’s an increase in Sats style testing and a loss of play based learning and we know this isn’t just a local issue it’s a microcosm of a national issue. “

Read more about why they’re striking Teachers strike at Sheffield primary school in row over ‘imposed changes to policy, workload, stress and management practices’

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