Oxford schools set to close as striking teachers march

thisisoxfordshire: Education chief Melinda Tilley Education chief Melinda Tilley

TEACHERS are set to march through the streets of Oxford tomorrow as schools around the county close due to strikes.

Last night 21 schools had confirmed they would either close or part-close as part of the national day of action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Only one school, The Marlborough School, in Woodstock, has confirmed it will remain open.

Members of the NUT are holding the rallies in protest at high workloads, and issues surrounding pay and pensions.

In October, hundreds of teachers rallied in Bonn Square and thousands of pupils affected by the one-day strike.

Schools are asked by Oxfordshire County Council to update it on whether there is a closure in place, but education chief Melinda Tilley said it was not easy to get an updated and accurate list for parents.

Mrs Tilley said: “It is a pity they feel they have to take this action.

“The teachers’ issue is not with us, it is with the Government but in this situation people always come to us to provide the information and to seek the answer. We are reliant on the schools though. I know headteachers will always try and keep open and there are quite a few partially open.”

NUT regional secretary Gawain Little said: “We have had a lot of support from parents. For the past four weeks we have been running information stalls across Oxfordshire and parents are really positive about the strike.

“I think the reason for that is what this Government is doing doesn’t just affect teachers but also affects children and they understand it is not just about protecting teachers but their children’s education.”

NUT members will gather at the Radcliffe Camera ar 12.30pm before marching for a rally in Bonn Square tomorrow.

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11:12am Tue 25 Mar 14

Madi50n says...

Hang on, parents aren't allowed to take their children out of school for one day without permission because of the "damage it will cause to their long-term education".

Have the NUT, schools and teachers asked the parents' permission to take a day out of their child's education?

If the parents' refuse and they strike anyway, can they fine the school?

Maybe they should ask for whatever amount of money they lost in earnings or had to shell out for in childcare.

It really is one rule for them and another for us.
Hang on, parents aren't allowed to take their children out of school for one day without permission because of the "damage it will cause to their long-term education". Have the NUT, schools and teachers asked the parents' permission to take a day out of their child's education? If the parents' refuse and they strike anyway, can they fine the school? Maybe they should ask for whatever amount of money they lost in earnings or had to shell out for in childcare. It really is one rule for them and another for us. Madi50n
  • Score: -7

2:10pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DOGGYDAY says...

I really don’t think people take into account the job these people actually do.
Most teachers start work before 8am and don’t actually leave the school until 5pm.
They then have to go home and mark work or plan lessons in their own time which they are not paid for. When do you think these people are allowed to spend time with their own families? Do you think they lol about during the 6 week break or do you think they are busy planning in advance what they will teach their children for the next 12 months.
They have looked after other people’s children all day, that in itself his no easy task then you take into account the fact that they are actually judged and marked on how well these children do as let’s face it their future rests in their hands! They deal with some of the most challenging behaviour, questions, and tantrums. They basically spend more time raising our children than parents actually do. Whether you like it or not your child’s life is mapped out by their education and the people who work tirelessly to make sure your child is able to function as an adult later on in life.
Wouldn't we all prefer happy enthusiastic teachers producing inquisitive productive learners rather than complacent annoyed teachers just going through the motions?
The pathetic comments people insist on adding about taking children out of school and fining the teachers just proves their complete ignorance to what actually goes on in their child’s life.
Get real these people are NORMAL humans and like anyone have the right to strike about the disgusting way they are treated. Walk a day in their shoes and I bet you will be begging for your old job back. They choose to do this job yes but that is no excuse for slagging them off and belittling the amazing work they do!
I really don’t think people take into account the job these people actually do. Most teachers start work before 8am and don’t actually leave the school until 5pm. They then have to go home and mark work or plan lessons in their own time which they are not paid for. When do you think these people are allowed to spend time with their own families? Do you think they lol about during the 6 week break or do you think they are busy planning in advance what they will teach their children for the next 12 months. They have looked after other people’s children all day, that in itself his no easy task then you take into account the fact that they are actually judged and marked on how well these children do as let’s face it their future rests in their hands! They deal with some of the most challenging behaviour, questions, and tantrums. They basically spend more time raising our children than parents actually do. Whether you like it or not your child’s life is mapped out by their education and the people who work tirelessly to make sure your child is able to function as an adult later on in life. Wouldn't we all prefer happy enthusiastic teachers producing inquisitive productive learners rather than complacent annoyed teachers just going through the motions? The pathetic comments people insist on adding about taking children out of school and fining the teachers just proves their complete ignorance to what actually goes on in their child’s life. Get real these people are NORMAL humans and like anyone have the right to strike about the disgusting way they are treated. Walk a day in their shoes and I bet you will be begging for your old job back. They choose to do this job yes but that is no excuse for slagging them off and belittling the amazing work they do! DOGGYDAY
  • Score: 6

3:52pm Tue 25 Mar 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Lazy sods, anything for a extra days holiday
Lazy sods, anything for a extra days holiday yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -2

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