West Norfolk Teachers Walk Out
7:11am 26th March 2014
Some schools in West Norfolk and Wisbech will be closed this morning after the NUT called a strike over pay and working conditions.
Your schools should have informed you if you are affected.
If your child goes to an Academy you'll need to check their website for details.
Why it's happening:
Physics teacher and NUT official Chris Denson said: "Since this Government has come to power we have seen a continual deterioration of teachers' working conditions.
"You see the Department For Education's own survey shows that working time has gone up massively in secondary and primary schools.
"But also since this Government has come to power a teacher's take-home pay has come down by 17%. Our pensions, we have to pay more to get less at the end and have to work until 69. So there are a huge number of issues."
A Department for Education statement said: "Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government's measures to let heads pay good teachers more.
"They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and talks have been taking place weekly.
"Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is taking action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."
The Government maintains less than a quarter of teachers voted for strike action. But NUT officials say the Government's own figures back up their argument.
A recent survey suggested primary school teachers work nearly 60 hours a week, with secondary school teachers chalking up 56 hours.