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Schools will close when teachers strike, says NUT teachers' union
Schools in Chingford will close for a day next month because of national strike action, says teachers' union.
On Monday the two largest teaching unions in England, the NUT and the NASUWT, confirmed their members would hold a strike across London on October 17 to protest against changes to teacher pay and conditions.
The Division Secretary of NUT, Waltham Forest, Steve White, confirmed that both unions combined represent about 85 per cent of teachers in the borough so the strike would be likely to close most schools in the area.
Mr White, who represents over 2,000 NUT members in Waltham Forest, said: “We have a very good membership in Chingford schools, particularly Chingford Foundation, Highams Park and Heathcotes. There’s no doubt those schools will be out.”
Under government reforms, due to take effect this autumn, teacher’s pay will be linked to performance in the classroom and head teachers will have greater flexibility over salaries.
In response to criticism from Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that the strike will disrupt children’s education, Mr White said: “Children’s education is going to be a lot more disrupted if the government continue to make things worse for teachers.
“We have got to do our upmost to preserve the state education system.”
“It’s about the attack from the government on all teacher’s pay and conditions.
“If you diminish the conditions teachers work under, that also affects the children.”
John Flowerday, father of a pupil in year 7 at Chingford Foundation School, will have to take the day off work as a result of the strike action.
He said: “I’ll have to make alternative arrangements but that’s a small price to pay for the future of education.
“I really support the strike action.
”It’s about supporting teachers to do a professional job and listening to them.”
A council spokesman said: “Schools are encouraged to minimise the disruption of education of children and young people and as part of this they are indirectly seeking to minimise the impact on working parents.
“Ultimately the Council would like as many schools to remain open as possible and know that in the past some have managed to remain at least partly open. “
Chingford Foundation, Heathcotes and Highams Park Schools were all contacted for a comment.
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