in Burnham-On-Sea area set to be disrupted by strike action
schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be partially closed next
week when teachers hold a one day strike.
schools in the Burnham area have this week sent letters to parents
warning them to expect disruption on Thursday October 17th.
Alfred School in Highbridge will only be partially open and school
teachers elswehere are also set to join the action.
strike has been called over pay, pensions and working conditions
by the National Union of Teachers and National Association of
Schoolmasters and the Union of Woman Teachers.
Andy Owen, head teacher at King Alfred School, says: "Whilst
all efforts are being made to maintain essential services to children
and young people, regrettably the industrial action will mean
that the school will not be open as usual to students in Years
action is not against the school itself but is part of industrial
action organised by these trade unions. Having conducted a risk
assessment and having consulted with the Governing Body I regret
that the school will be closed to students in Years 711.
The school will be open for Year 12 and Year 13."
minister David Laws says the Government is working on a fairer
pay system, allowing schools to pay good teachers more, and an
"affordable pensions system".
said: "Strikes could cause a lot of disruption for parents
and keep children away from the classroom, something nobody wants."