The schools in Hampshire and Southampton closed due to teachers strike

Hampshire Chronicle: Teachers strike shuts 60 schools: Is your school closed tomorrow? Teachers strike shuts 60 schools: Is your school closed tomorrow?

MORE than 60 schools across the county will be closed or severely disrupted tomorrow as teachers walk out of classrooms amid a bitter pay row.

By last night a total of 62 schools across Southampton and Hampshire had announced that they will be affected by the strike – 25 of them shutting completely.

Is your school closed tomorrow?

It comes as the National Union of Teachers (NUT) ramps up the ongoing dispute with Secretary for State for Education Michael Gove.

As reported by the Daily Echo yesterday, the day of action will see a rally in Southampton’s Guildhall Square from 11.30am where there will be a number of speakers.

Maytree Nursery and Infant and Thornhill Primary joined other city schools that are closing completely.

They are Ludlow Junior, St Monica Junior, Bassett Green Primary, Bevois Town Primary, Freemantle Community Academy, Moorlands Primary, Great Oaks and Vermont.

But head teachers in 11 other city schools say that they will be staying open during the one day of industrial action.

Forty-two others are yet to make a decision whether to close on the day of the strike.

Outside Southampton, 33 county schools are likely to be affected.

They include Romsey Primary School, Wildground Junior School in Dibden Purlieu, Bursledon Infant School and Ranvilles Junior School in Fareham, which are all closing completely.

On the eve of the action the NUT says that it has been left with little choice after Mr Gove refused to give way in the longrunning dispute on pay and pensions.

Southampton’s education chief Councillor Dan Jeffery said: “Any disruption to the daily running of our public services is regrettable, and for parents and children who will be affected it will be difficult.

“It appears the Secretary of State has pursued his policies on teachers’ pay without having proper dialogue with the teachers’ unions, and hearing their grievances.

“The potential damage done to education by breaking the national pay scale system will have negative consequences in the long term.”

Education county boss Councillor Peter Edgar said: “I hope the decision of the union to ask their members to take part in an industrial day of action this March does not lead to widespread disruption to pupils’ education.

“This dispute is not with the county council but with the Government over changes to teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.

“Any decisions to close schools will be for individual head teachers and their governing bodies to make.

“They will have to decide whether they have sufficient staff to enable them to open the school safely and maintain a full or revised curriculum and it may not be possible for schools to gauge the impact of the strike until the actual day.

“Staff who do strike, however, will not be paid for that day in accordance with nationally set legislation. As ever, the county council’s primary concern is for the education and welfare of children.”

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10:08am Tue 25 Mar 14

Ronnie G says...

Staff who strike will not get paid.
Great idea, lets all take a day off work, dump the kids to one side and dispute the teachers pay,pensions and working conditions, whilst not getting paid?!
Staff who strike will not get paid. Great idea, lets all take a day off work, dump the kids to one side and dispute the teachers pay,pensions and working conditions, whilst not getting paid?! Ronnie G
  • Score: 0

10:25am Tue 25 Mar 14

Ronnie G says...

This is all about the Unions on one of their political drives again.
This isn't about our children's education.
The teachers that do fully understand are not striking.
Those that are not getting the full picture from Union Masters are striking.
These schools actively taking part want to be careful their schools' Ofsted Report inspections don't suffer as a result.
Does anyone know if any schools are being inspected tomorrow at all?
This is all about the Unions on one of their political drives again. This isn't about our children's education. The teachers that do fully understand are not striking. Those that are not getting the full picture from Union Masters are striking. These schools actively taking part want to be careful their schools' Ofsted Report inspections don't suffer as a result. Does anyone know if any schools are being inspected tomorrow at all? Ronnie G
  • Score: 2

10:55am Tue 25 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Ronnie G wrote:
This is all about the Unions on one of their political drives again.
This isn't about our children's education.
The teachers that do fully understand are not striking.
Those that are not getting the full picture from Union Masters are striking.
These schools actively taking part want to be careful their schools' Ofsted Report inspections don't suffer as a result.
Does anyone know if any schools are being inspected tomorrow at all?
Nothing to do with Political intervention or Teachers being unfairly treated then, in a Tory World that couldn't possibly be the case could it?
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: This is all about the Unions on one of their political drives again. This isn't about our children's education. The teachers that do fully understand are not striking. Those that are not getting the full picture from Union Masters are striking. These schools actively taking part want to be careful their schools' Ofsted Report inspections don't suffer as a result. Does anyone know if any schools are being inspected tomorrow at all?[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with Political intervention or Teachers being unfairly treated then, in a Tory World that couldn't possibly be the case could it? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

11:53am Tue 25 Mar 14

George4th says...

The position of UK Plc in the Global Education League tables clearly spells out the inadequacies of the teaching in this country.

The Unions should be rooting out poor performing teachers instead of protecting them and allowing them to remain in the education system to the detriment of the unlucky pupils who are the recipients of poor teaching. Any wage increase will also be given to the poor performing teachers - that's ludicrous!
Retaining poor teachers is a slight on the majority of teachers who are performing well and whose respect is hindered by the poor performing teachers and the Unions who back them.

Note - I respect good teachers.
The position of UK Plc in the Global Education League tables clearly spells out the inadequacies of the teaching in this country. The Unions should be rooting out poor performing teachers instead of protecting them and allowing them to remain in the education system to the detriment of the unlucky pupils who are the recipients of poor teaching. Any wage increase will also be given to the poor performing teachers - that's ludicrous! Retaining poor teachers is a slight on the majority of teachers who are performing well and whose respect is hindered by the poor performing teachers and the Unions who back them. Note - I respect good teachers. George4th
  • Score: 6

2:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.
If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: -1

4:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.
I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.[/p][/quote]I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -1

4:58pm Tue 25 Mar 14

charrlee says...

George4th wrote:
The position of UK Plc in the Global Education League tables clearly spells out the inadequacies of the teaching in this country.

The Unions should be rooting out poor performing teachers instead of protecting them and allowing them to remain in the education system to the detriment of the unlucky pupils who are the recipients of poor teaching. Any wage increase will also be given to the poor performing teachers - that's ludicrous!
Retaining poor teachers is a slight on the majority of teachers who are performing well and whose respect is hindered by the poor performing teachers and the Unions who back them.

Note - I respect good teachers.
Would you please explain why we have poor teachers? Why doesn't the headteacher sack them? After all, a bad teacher will damage a school's chance of getting a good Ofsted result.

Where does it say in the NUT's and the NASUWT's policies that they protect poor teachers? Will you find those paragraphs and print them here, or at least the links.

You have correctly identified the fact that Britain is a long way down the European league table for academic achievement, but you have made an assumption that the cause of this is poor teaching. The forum users would like your evidence, please, your proof.

I'll help you. You need to go to the Ofsted site and start looking at the statistics regarding how many schools we have, how many have been found outstanding, how many good, how many satisfactory, how many requiring improvement, and how many in special measures. Then look at the reports for each unsatisfactory school and find which departments are failing (it won't be all of them) and how many teachers that involves.

If you examine the subject properly, I think you'll find that poor teaching is not as widespread as you would have us believe, and that there are many other additional factors responsible for our present situation.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: The position of UK Plc in the Global Education League tables clearly spells out the inadequacies of the teaching in this country. The Unions should be rooting out poor performing teachers instead of protecting them and allowing them to remain in the education system to the detriment of the unlucky pupils who are the recipients of poor teaching. Any wage increase will also be given to the poor performing teachers - that's ludicrous! Retaining poor teachers is a slight on the majority of teachers who are performing well and whose respect is hindered by the poor performing teachers and the Unions who back them. Note - I respect good teachers.[/p][/quote]Would you please explain why we have poor teachers? Why doesn't the headteacher sack them? After all, a bad teacher will damage a school's chance of getting a good Ofsted result. Where does it say in the NUT's and the NASUWT's policies that they protect poor teachers? Will you find those paragraphs and print them here, or at least the links. You have correctly identified the fact that Britain is a long way down the European league table for academic achievement, but you have made an assumption that the cause of this is poor teaching. The forum users would like your evidence, please, your proof. I'll help you. You need to go to the Ofsted site and start looking at the statistics regarding how many schools we have, how many have been found outstanding, how many good, how many satisfactory, how many requiring improvement, and how many in special measures. Then look at the reports for each unsatisfactory school and find which departments are failing (it won't be all of them) and how many teachers that involves. If you examine the subject properly, I think you'll find that poor teaching is not as widespread as you would have us believe, and that there are many other additional factors responsible for our present situation. charrlee
  • Score: -5

5:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Randoor says...

I feel for our teachers.

All they want is more money, less work and a better pension. Who amongst couldn't sympathise with that?
Well, for a start, there's their workload. They want smaller class sizes and shorter hours. And then there's the stress of the job. They want fewer inspections by Ofsted in order to take some of the pressure off.

And they don't like being told they'll have to retire later before they get their index linked taxpayer funded pensions. And they don't want to have to contribute more towards them either.

Then there's pay. Performance related pay? No thank you. The ability to have their pay set by the head teacher? Absolutely not. They should all get the same regardless. On a national pay scale.

And while we're at it, how about a big increase in regional allowances. Oh, and a pay rise.

But at least they're happy about their three months annual holiday - so that's something.

So, to summarise they want more money, better pensions, less work and less scrutiny. Or to put it another way, they want to opt out of everything the rest of us have to put up with. All for the sake of our children, of course.

As I said - I feel for our teachers. Highly educated but not highly intelligent they are being led like lambs to the slaughter by politically motivated left wing unions who want to bring the government down.
I feel for our teachers. All they want is more money, less work and a better pension. Who amongst couldn't sympathise with that? Well, for a start, there's their workload. They want smaller class sizes and shorter hours. And then there's the stress of the job. They want fewer inspections by Ofsted in order to take some of the pressure off. And they don't like being told they'll have to retire later before they get their index linked taxpayer funded pensions. And they don't want to have to contribute more towards them either. Then there's pay. Performance related pay? No thank you. The ability to have their pay set by the head teacher? Absolutely not. They should all get the same regardless. On a national pay scale. And while we're at it, how about a big increase in regional allowances. Oh, and a pay rise. But at least they're happy about their three months annual holiday - so that's something. So, to summarise they want more money, better pensions, less work and less scrutiny. Or to put it another way, they want to opt out of everything the rest of us have to put up with. All for the sake of our children, of course. As I said - I feel for our teachers. Highly educated but not highly intelligent they are being led like lambs to the slaughter by politically motivated left wing unions who want to bring the government down. Randoor
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Lone Ranger. says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
WalkingOnAWire wrote:
If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.
I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you.
I think that he has to baby-sit his own kids tomorrow thats why.
.
Can you imagine it ......... looking after your OWN kids
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.[/p][/quote]I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you.[/p][/quote]I think that he has to baby-sit his own kids tomorrow thats why. . Can you imagine it ......... looking after your OWN kids Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -2

5:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Lockssmart says...

Should never gof iven them professional status. Their ego's are their downfall.
Should never gof iven them professional status. Their ego's are their downfall. Lockssmart
  • Score: 2

6:03pm Tue 25 Mar 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Should never gof iven them professional status. Their ego's are their downfall.
They certainly can't be accused of having taught you to spell properly, or to use an apostrophe. Their egos must have got in the way of that as well.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Should never gof iven them professional status. Their ego's are their downfall.[/p][/quote]They certainly can't be accused of having taught you to spell properly, or to use an apostrophe. Their egos must have got in the way of that as well. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: -1

6:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ronnie G says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Ronnie G wrote:
This is all about the Unions on one of their political drives again.
This isn't about our children's education.
The teachers that do fully understand are not striking.
Those that are not getting the full picture from Union Masters are striking.
These schools actively taking part want to be careful their schools' Ofsted Report inspections don't suffer as a result.
Does anyone know if any schools are being inspected tomorrow at all?
Nothing to do with Political intervention or Teachers being unfairly treated then, in a Tory World that couldn't possibly be the case could it?
Who's Tory world?
What just coz I don't think our Labour/Union Council is fit for purpose, I'm a Tory?
Purlease!!
Unions get teachers at it then tell schools they are responsible for their own staff? Staff members strike over pay conditions etc but to do that they have to take a day off with no pay?
I'm missing the point I must admit, lol.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: This is all about the Unions on one of their political drives again. This isn't about our children's education. The teachers that do fully understand are not striking. Those that are not getting the full picture from Union Masters are striking. These schools actively taking part want to be careful their schools' Ofsted Report inspections don't suffer as a result. Does anyone know if any schools are being inspected tomorrow at all?[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with Political intervention or Teachers being unfairly treated then, in a Tory World that couldn't possibly be the case could it?[/p][/quote]Who's Tory world? What just coz I don't think our Labour/Union Council is fit for purpose, I'm a Tory? Purlease!! Unions get teachers at it then tell schools they are responsible for their own staff? Staff members strike over pay conditions etc but to do that they have to take a day off with no pay? I'm missing the point I must admit, lol. Ronnie G
  • Score: 1

6:54pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Lockssmart says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Should never gof iven them professional status. Their ego's are their downfall.
They certainly can't be accused of having taught you to spell properly, or to use an apostrophe. Their egos must have got in the way of that as well.
I Carnot help it if I dint spill write.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Should never gof iven them professional status. Their ego's are their downfall.[/p][/quote]They certainly can't be accused of having taught you to spell properly, or to use an apostrophe. Their egos must have got in the way of that as well.[/p][/quote]I Carnot help it if I dint spill write. Lockssmart
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ronnie G says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
WalkingOnAWire wrote:
If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.
I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you.
It's not the policies I question. Of course we ALL want to see the highest quality in our standards of teaching. The children of today are tomorrow's future.
I question the way the way these policies are delivered or interpreted to us on a local government level.
As clearly our Labour council see things in a different manner to quite a few other Labour run councils across the uk.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.[/p][/quote]I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you.[/p][/quote]It's not the policies I question. Of course we ALL want to see the highest quality in our standards of teaching. The children of today are tomorrow's future. I question the way the way these policies are delivered or interpreted to us on a local government level. As clearly our Labour council see things in a different manner to quite a few other Labour run councils across the uk. Ronnie G
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ronnie G says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
WalkingOnAWire wrote:
If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.
I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you.
I think that he has to baby-sit his own kids tomorrow thats why.
.
Can you imagine it ......... looking after your OWN kids
LOL! EASY, M8, the schools my children attend are not taking part in the strikes, and all received excellent Ofsted reports. The standard of education is very satisfactory and I am very lucky that my children are clever and hungry to learn.
So that should narrow things down a bit....
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: If you look at the Labour party's policies on education you will find that a very strong emphasis is placed on improving the standards of teaching and on rooting out poorly performing teachers. This government, meanwhile, pushes ahead with a free schools programme which allows completely unqualified teachers to be hired and paid for out of public taxes. I know which one makes more sense to me.[/p][/quote]I don't think Ronnie G is listening to you.[/p][/quote]I think that he has to baby-sit his own kids tomorrow thats why. . Can you imagine it ......... looking after your OWN kids[/p][/quote]LOL! EASY, M8, the schools my children attend are not taking part in the strikes, and all received excellent Ofsted reports. The standard of education is very satisfactory and I am very lucky that my children are clever and hungry to learn. So that should narrow things down a bit.... Ronnie G
  • Score: 1

6:08pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

These teachers don't go into this blind they know EXACTLY what being a teacher involves the hard long hours the stresses, not to be rude to them but you cant then turn around and whine "aw its too hard"
These teachers don't go into this blind they know EXACTLY what being a teacher involves the hard long hours the stresses, not to be rude to them but you cant then turn around and whine "aw its too hard" Mary80
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