Teaching union claims school will cancel trips to make up for lost strike days

Peterborough Today is reporting that the union representing teachers at strike-threatened Spalding Grammar has claimed the school is planning to cancel educational trips for pupils to make up for lost strike days.

Teachers at Spalding Grammar School began a formal ballot for strike action on Tuesday…

The teachers took the step claiming the school refused to implement a one per cent pay award recommended by the Independent School Teachers’ Pay and Review Body.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) believes that Spalding Grammar is the only school in Lincolnshire or the East Midlands to withhold this pay award across the board…

Ken Rustidge, NUT national executive member, says he has now had a cordial meeting with the head teacher and the NUT remains willing to meet with Mr Wilkinson and the governors at the school to negotiate and resolve the dispute.

The union also claims the school has made moves to put some school trips and outdoor education held in term time on hold for pupils in anticipation of strike action.

A spokesman said: “The NUT condemns this behaviour and believes that such trips and experiences enhance pupils’ education. The union believes that Mr Wilkinson and governors should concentrate on resolving the dispute fairly rather than penalising the pupils of Spalding Grammar…”

“Cancelling outside education experiences for Spalding Grammar pupils is as wrong as treating their teachers unfairly. I was dismayed to hear that the school is considering cancelling pupils outside visits in order to sit out a possible teachers strike. Everyone should now get round the table and negotiate for the benefit of all in this highly regarded school.”…

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Presumably the school has to make up the lost teaching days one way or another or is the union suggesting they can just be ignored?

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