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North Yorkshire schools shut due to strike action
DOZENS of schools in North Yorkshire will close their doors or part close for one day next week as teachers strike in a row over conditions and changes within education.
Members of the NUT and NASUWT in North Yorkshire will walk out on Tuesday with union leaders expecting the majority of schools in the county to be affected.
So far in North Yorkshire the list of schools part closed looks like this: Brayton College, Carlton and Faceby CE Primary School, King James School, Malton School, Middleham CE School, Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit, Scarborough, Braeburn Infant and Nursery School, St Joseph’s RC Primary,Pickering, Whitby Community College.
North Yorkshire schools which will be closed on Tuesday include: Easingwold School, Filey CE Infant and Nursery School, Hambleton CE Primary School, Hunmanby Primary, Monk Fryston CE Primary School, Norton Primary School, Ryedale School, Scarborough, Braeburn Community Junior School, Scarborough, Selby High School, Selby Pupil Referral Service, Sinnington Primary School, St Augustines RC School, Scarborough, Stillington Primary School, Sutton on the Forest CE School, Tadcaster Grammar School, Tadcaster, Riverside Primary, Whitby, Airy Hill Community Primary.
A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “We are not a party to this national dispute but are offering support and advice to schools, as well as liaising closely with the professional associations involved.
“We strongly encourage governing bodies and head teachers to keep schools open wherever possible to maintain continuity of educational provision, taking into account health and safety requirements.
“Should governors and headteachers feel it necessary to close their school, parents must be informed at the earliest possible stage and the local authority notified of any full or partial closures. The LA will seek to ensure that such information is collated and made available for parents through the NYCC website and local media channels.”
Union officials say the strike is a last resort after two years of attacks on their profession by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Nick Raine, Yorkshire regional officer for NUT, said the strike was not just about teachers' pay and pensions.
“There's been a lot of attacks on teachers and education in the last couple of years from Michael Gove and the Government, but Mr Gove has been utterly unwilling to consult with anybody from within education.”
A Department for Education spokesperson said: "It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the Government's measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more.
“In a recent poll, 61 per cent of respondents supported linking teachers' pay to performance and 70 per cent either opposed the strikes or believed that teachers should not be allowed to strike at all.”
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