CLASSROOMS are set to be disrupted in Burton and South Derbyshire with teachers set to strike.
The country’s two largest teaching union’s – the NUT and NASUWT – are organising strike action, affecting around 90 per cent of teachers in the region with many schools set to be forced to close on October 1.
The action surrounds a row over pay, pensions and working conditions, with the unions insisting teachers have been left with no choice but to strike following series of ‘relentless attacks’.
Teachers will leave the classroom for the day, with many set to take part in rallies scheduled to take place in the region.
Sue Arguile, Derbyshire branch chairman for the NUT, said the Government had left unions with no choice, and that it was protecting the interests of children and education.
She said: “Given Education Secretary Michael Gove’s refusal to negotiate with us over his proposed attacks on our pay and terms and conditions of employment, we feel we have no other option. Our action is not just to protect the interests of teachers but also to defend the provision of quality education for our children.”
The unions have warned that more action could follow the walk-out on October 1, with plans in the pipeline for a further day of action before Christmas.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said that action was the ‘last thing’ teachers wanted to see but that Education Secretary Michael Gove had left them with no alternative.
Relations between teachers in the region and Mr Gove have become increasingly strained.
He was roundly heckled at the most recent National Association of Head Teachers conference in which he clashed Burton-based head and president of the body, Bernadette Hunter, over the state of the education system.
Mrs Blower said: “It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage.
“With pay pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate teachers now however have no other choice.”