SCHOOLS across Uttoxeter will close or open at reduced capacity on Wednesday as teachers take to the picket lines over pay and pensions.
Teachers are set to put down the chalk for the day in the next stage of an ongoing dispute between the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Government over excessive workload and bureaucracy and changes to pay and pensions.
Talbot First School in Kingstone and St Peter’s First School in Alton will be closing for the day.
Hutchinson Memorial First School in Checkley will be open to the ‘Owls Class’ only.
All Saints First School in Denstone is closing for children in class one and class three.
Steve Bardon, head teacher of Ryecroft Middle School, said: “Key Stage Two pupils won’t be affected, whereas one year seven class and one year eight class will be affected.
“Pupils affected will be in for part of the day.
“We’re open to most as normal, with only a few classes being affected.
“Fortunately we’ve been able to keep things running as normal for most.”
Carl Gliddon, acting head teacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “At present we expect a small number of staff to be taking industrial action on March 26, if the industrial action goes ahead.
“We anticipate school being open as usual for all year groups.”
Oldfields Hall Middle School in Stone Road will remain open.
The head teacher of Windsor Park Middle School was due to take the decision at the time of going to press.
Commenting on the ongoing trade dispute, Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “The NUT announced national strike action on March 26 as a result of the Education Secretary’s refusal to meet to discuss the matters over which we are in dispute: pay, pensions, jobs and workload.
“Whilst Michael Gove, by accepting the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body, has been prevented from making teachers’ conditions of service worse, nothing has changed for the better.
“Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until 68.”