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Disruption in schools as teachers walk out on strike

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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SCHOOLS faced a day of disruption and closures as teachers walked over in a row over pay and conditions.

Some parents were forced to make alternative arrangements for their children after members of the teaching union NUT announced its members would strike.

A raft of Burton and South Derbyshire schools either closed their doors or ran on reduced staff as a result.

The Blessed Robert Sutton Sports College and Hilton Primary School were the hardest hit and closed while The Pingle School (pictured) only opened to Year 11 and its sixth form.

In Burton, eight teachers went on strike at Grange Infant School, Horninglow Primary School was partially closed and Outwoods Primary School closed to classes seven, eight, nine, 10 and 14.

In South Derbyshire, Eggington Primary School, Springfield Junior School, Hartshorne CE Primary School and Eureka Primary School were all affected.

One teacher on strike yesterday was 58-year-old supply teacher Barry Martin, who has worked in education for 30 years.

He said a meddling Education Secretary, soaring stress levels and unbearable workloads left many teachers feeling they had to take action.

“We are giving up a day’s wage,” he said.

“There is desperation in the classrooms, teachers feel demoralised and are leaving the profession in droves.

“There is going to be a situation where there are not enough people in education to teach.”

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