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Teachers’ strike over pay to close schools in Epsom and Ewell on Wednesday, March 26
A teachers’ strike on Wednesday is expected to close, or partially close, dozens of local schools.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT), the largest teachers’ union, is staging a one-day national strike over performance related pay, pensions and excessive workloads.
Although other councils started publishing long lists of school closures on their websites last week a Surrey County Council spokeswoman said today: "We don’t have a very clear picture at the moment."
There is a very limited list on the council's website this afternoon and the spokesman said this would be updated as information comes in from schools.
Glyn School in the Kingsway, Epsom, and Blenheim High School, in Longmead Road, Epsom, said the schools will be closed for all year groups except Years 11, 12 and 13.
Epsom and Ewell High School, in Ruxley Lane, West Ewell, said it will only be open to Year 11 students taking an art exam and its sixth form.
In Epsom partial closures have also been announced for Meadow Primary School in Sparrow Farm Road, Auriol Junior School in Vale Road and Rosebery School in White Horse Drive.
Ted Truscoe, NUT assistant secretary for Surrey and former headteacher of Woodville School in Leatherhead, now Leatherhead Trinity, said it was "hard to say" how many teachers would strike.
Mr Truscoe said: "They have already lost two days pay in action. I think it is possible the response will not be as strong as before but they are actually very angry."
He said members from across Surrey are being called to a march and rally in Guildford. Teachers' strikes were held in June and November last year in Surrey.
Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, has spoken out against pension changes, performance related pay and "intolerable" workloads.
Ms Blower said: "Teachers deeply regret the disruption caused by this strike action to parents and teachers.
"The Government’s refusal, however, to engage to resolve the dispute means that we have no alternative other than to demonstrate the seriousness of our concerns."
A Department for Education spokesman said: "Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government's measures to let heads pay good teachers more.
"They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and talks have been taking place weekly.
"Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is taking action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."
Keep up to date on the closures at http://online.surreycc.gov.uk/education/schools.nsf/webschoolsbystatusall?openform.
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