Schools largely unaffected by teachers strike

PUBLISHED: 16:25 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 31 May 2010

THE message from Saffron Walden schools is open as usual despite the teachers strike today (Thursday). The National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted to strike in protest of a below-inflation pay rise, but local schools have promised disruption to their st

THE message from Saffron Walden schools is 'open as usual' despite the teachers' strike today (Thursday).

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted to strike in protest of a below-inflation pay rise, but local schools have promised disruption to their students' education will be minimal.

Headteacher of Saffron Walden County High School John Hartley said: "A relatively small number of staff have responded to the strike action, but the lessons will be covered and the school will be open as usual.

"Given the imminence of external examinations, for students in every year group from year seven upwards, I am determined for the disruption to be minimal."

Newport Free Grammar School is also open as normal despite a number of teachers taking strike action. A school spokesman said lessons would be covered by members of senior staff.

The NUT has not called for members of independent schools to strike, so Friends' School in Saffron Walden will be unaffected.

Essex County Council's cabinet member for children, schools and families, Cllr Simon Walsh said: "I do not agree with the avenue that the NUT is going down in its attempts to resolve this issue. This strike has the potential to inconvenience hundreds of thousands of parents in Essex but also to adversely affect the education of our county's young people.

"It is also worth noting that only a minority of the NUT's members actually voted in favour of this strike.

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