Keighley-district schools announce closures due to strike action by teachers

Keighley News: The NUT is planning a strike The NUT is planning a strike

Keighley-district schools are among several being forced to shut due to strike action by teachers.

Aire View Infants School in Silsden and Cullingworth Village Primary School have already announced they will be closed next Wednesday, March 26.

And Holycroft Primary School in Keighley will only partially open.

The National Union of Teachers, which is striking over pay and conditions, warns that more schools face closure that day.

Spokesman Ian Murch said: "We have members in every Bradford district school so I think most will be affected to some extent.

“The schools have to make their own decisions to close but I think quite a lot of secondary schools will. Some primary schools may just have a class or two shut for the day."

He said teachers had experienced a three-year pay freeze as well as facing a rising retirement age.

Mr Murch added: "None of these things are good for parents. They wouldn't want the people who teach their children to be in the classroom until they are 68.

"Schools already have difficulty in recruiting teachers in maths and English and if pay is kept down and teachers are unhappy that is going to get worse."

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10:09pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Little Green Man says...

"teachers had experienced a three-year pay freeze as well as facing a rising retirement age"

Hey, welcome to the real world buddy, join the club...
"teachers had experienced a three-year pay freeze as well as facing a rising retirement age" Hey, welcome to the real world buddy, join the club... Little Green Man
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10:16pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MarkPullen says...

Always a tough call - many arguments about working hours and holidays but nowadays they have to be blessed with the patience of a saint!
Always a tough call - many arguments about working hours and holidays but nowadays they have to be blessed with the patience of a saint! MarkPullen
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11:18pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Stevo54 says...

I have to go with LGM on this one, on balance I would rather be with a profession blessed with an over bearing union like the teachers versus a private one like I have which doesn't exist.

I work in the States and get 4 days a year holiday on the firm, I would take a few weeks paid in a heartbeat.
I have to go with LGM on this one, on balance I would rather be with a profession blessed with an over bearing union like the teachers versus a private one like I have which doesn't exist. I work in the States and get 4 days a year holiday on the firm, I would take a few weeks paid in a heartbeat. Stevo54
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11:31am Fri 21 Mar 14

Little Green Man says...

Stevo54 wrote:
I have to go with LGM on this one, on balance I would rather be with a profession blessed with an over bearing union like the teachers versus a private one like I have which doesn't exist.

I work in the States and get 4 days a year holiday on the firm, I would take a few weeks paid in a heartbeat.
Looks like you got downvoted for agreeing with me - can't think why otherwise :)
[quote][p][bold]Stevo54[/bold] wrote: I have to go with LGM on this one, on balance I would rather be with a profession blessed with an over bearing union like the teachers versus a private one like I have which doesn't exist. I work in the States and get 4 days a year holiday on the firm, I would take a few weeks paid in a heartbeat.[/p][/quote]Looks like you got downvoted for agreeing with me - can't think why otherwise :) Little Green Man
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1:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Kighley Synic says...

I'd like to see the man on the street do the same job teachers do for the money they get.

Dealing with other people's often snotty and arrogant children in the classroom whilst, having the stress of Government progress targets breathing down their necks. Then, when Joe Public comes home and sits down for a relaxing evening; teachers start grabbing a set of books or assessments and marking these. After that there is the lesson planning to make sure that the next day's lessons are all sorted.

It's not all about the holidays; I just know that most people wouldn't be able to deal with the working conditions and everyday commitments of teaching without either leaving the job or braining a couple of the more snotty, arrogant kids.
I'd like to see the man on the street do the same job teachers do for the money they get. Dealing with other people's often snotty and arrogant children in the classroom whilst, having the stress of Government progress targets breathing down their necks. Then, when Joe Public comes home and sits down for a relaxing evening; teachers start grabbing a set of books or assessments and marking these. After that there is the lesson planning to make sure that the next day's lessons are all sorted. It's not all about the holidays; I just know that most people wouldn't be able to deal with the working conditions and everyday commitments of teaching without either leaving the job or braining a couple of the more snotty, arrogant kids. Kighley Synic
  • Score: -1

1:58pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Kingchaser says...

Certainly, if someone ends up feeling like they want to 'brain' some of 'the more snotty, arrogant kids' then they are in the wrong job and don't deserve a payrise.
The bottom line is that British teachers have terms and conditions which are very similar to those in other developed countries. Add into that their still-very-generous Public Sector pension arrangements and I don't think they have too much to complain about.

Schools close way-too-easily for 'snow days' and training days etc. I doubt that the intended strike action will have any impact at all.

It's still a very hard world out there and most of us are feeling the pinch. Why shouldn't teachers?

Will they get paid for their day off?
Certainly, if someone ends up feeling like they want to 'brain' some of 'the more snotty, arrogant kids' then they are in the wrong job and don't deserve a payrise. The bottom line is that British teachers have terms and conditions which are very similar to those in other developed countries. Add into that their still-very-generous Public Sector pension arrangements and I don't think they have too much to complain about. Schools close way-too-easily for 'snow days' and training days etc. I doubt that the intended strike action will have any impact at all. It's still a very hard world out there and most of us are feeling the pinch. Why shouldn't teachers? Will they get paid for their day off? Kingchaser
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