Schools strike: Parents bracing themselves for possible action by teachers across Dorset

Schools strike: Parents bracing themselves for possible action by teachers across Dorset

Schools strike: Parents bracing themselves for possible action by teachers across Dorset

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PARENTS are bracing themselves for possible strike action which could see schools across Dorset closed on Wednesday next week.

The National Union of Teachers is warning of widespread disruption in primary and secondary schools in the area due to an ongoing row about working conditions and pensions.

But teachers don't have to inform schools of their plans until the morning of the proposed action meaning most can't make decisions until the last minute.

A spokesman for Bournemouth council said most schools are unsure of their plans at this stage.

And in the Dorset County Council area schools are being urged to stay open where possible.

Mark Loveys, lead advisor for school improvement with the county council said: “We are encouraging schools to stay open, where it is feasible and poses no risk to pupils as a result.

“However, the final decision as to whether a school remains open, closed or partially closed lies with the headteacher and the chairman of governors.

“All schools have been asked to give parents, school transport and pupils as much notice as possible.”

At Hill View primary in Bournemouth, head teacher Amanda Jones has urged parents to make alternative arrangements in case she is forced to close the school.

In a letter to parents she said: “. I ask that you make provisional arrangements for your child to be cared for on that day just in case the members of the NUT in school take strike action.

“I am aware that class/school closures inconvenience parents and carers and so I am writing to give you advance notice of the likely impact of the action on this school.”

After consulting with teachers, Bournemouth School for Girls head Alistair Brien has written to parents to tell them the school will remain open.

Teachers went on strike in October last year and a further strike was called off in February because union leaders hoped talks would take place with Education Secretary Michael Gove.

But now they claim the talks were insignificant and are calling on their members to walk out for a day.

Dorset NUT secretary Geoff Cooke said: “We wanted to talk to him at a national level about the changes he is proposing and about the way education in the country is going.”

Mr Cooke said that the strike action was a 'last resort' and no teacher wanted to have to take the action. He said: “They don't want to do it at all. It's against their instincts to affect parents or children.”

If Mr Gove did agree to sit down with teachers the strike could be called off within 24 hours, Mr Cooke said.

A rally will take place at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne on the day of the strike from 11am until 1pm.

Teachers from Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole are expected to join.

Let us know what your child's school is doing either below or email newsdesk@bournemouthecho.co.uk 

Schools affected by the strikes next week

  • St Edward's School, Poole - closed to years 7 and 8 but open to years 9,10, 11 and sixth form
  • Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne - closed to years 9, 10 and 11 but open to years 12 and 13
  • Sturminster Newton High School - only open for year 11 and sixth form
  • Lytchett Minster School - closed
  • Gillingham School - closed to years 7,8,9 and 10 but open to years 11, 12 and 13
  • Highcliffe School - closed to all except sixth form

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10:34am Fri 21 Mar 14

uberbloke says...

Possible? Our school has already said it's closed next Wednesday, risk assessment my arse.
Possible? Our school has already said it's closed next Wednesday, risk assessment my arse. uberbloke
  • Score: 5

11:07am Fri 21 Mar 14

MrPitiful says...

For teacher's strike please assume one of the following:

1 - Extra day for shopping - especially for the newly qualified female teachers.
2 - A Day off for searchinh the internet in order to book a week or 2 away at some point during their 6 week Summer holiday.
3 - A day at the pub - no harm in that I s'pose.
4 - A day in bed - re-living their uni days.
5 - A day off away from the brats they teach so they can catch up with marking, lesson prep or whatever else they need to do that should have been done anyway.

In the words of the great Jim Royle - Teacher's strike my ar*e!
For teacher's strike please assume one of the following: 1 - Extra day for shopping - especially for the newly qualified female teachers. 2 - A Day off for searchinh the internet in order to book a week or 2 away at some point during their 6 week Summer holiday. 3 - A day at the pub - no harm in that I s'pose. 4 - A day in bed - re-living their uni days. 5 - A day off away from the brats they teach so they can catch up with marking, lesson prep or whatever else they need to do that should have been done anyway. In the words of the great Jim Royle - Teacher's strike my ar*e! MrPitiful
  • Score: -1

11:17am Fri 21 Mar 14

chris100 says...

If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission
If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission chris100
  • Score: 10

11:26am Fri 21 Mar 14

DAISY3073 says...

chris100 wrote:
If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission
OMG here we go again - it's not the school that issue the fines for term-time absence - It's the local authority
[quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission[/p][/quote]OMG here we go again - it's not the school that issue the fines for term-time absence - It's the local authority DAISY3073
  • Score: 7

11:56am Fri 21 Mar 14

hadvar says...

What's wrong with thier conditions and pensions? They look alright to me....There was some woman on Question Time last night bleating about how hard teachers have it. Pfff. I simply dont recognise thier argument. They might have to work hard, at least for the parts of the year they actually go to work, but then quite a lot of people have to work as hard, if not harder, without the excellent pay and benefits they get.
What's wrong with thier conditions and pensions? They look alright to me....There was some woman on Question Time last night bleating about how hard teachers have it. Pfff. I simply dont recognise thier argument. They might have to work hard, at least for the parts of the year they actually go to work, but then quite a lot of people have to work as hard, if not harder, without the excellent pay and benefits they get. hadvar
  • Score: 4

12:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

60plus says...

They are very quick to fine parents who take their children on holiday but it is alright for them to strike.now I know why I sent my children to private school no strikes no teacher training days longer holidays.
They are very quick to fine parents who take their children on holiday but it is alright for them to strike.now I know why I sent my children to private school no strikes no teacher training days longer holidays. 60plus
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Fri 21 Mar 14

skydriver says...

DAISY3073 wrote:
chris100 wrote:
If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission
OMG here we go again - it's not the school that issue the fines for term-time absence - It's the local authority
No it's not!
[quote][p][bold]DAISY3073[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission[/p][/quote]OMG here we go again - it's not the school that issue the fines for term-time absence - It's the local authority[/p][/quote]No it's not! skydriver
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

DAISY3073 wrote:
chris100 wrote:
If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission
OMG here we go again - it's not the school that issue the fines for term-time absence - It's the local authority
Perhaps the local authority should reimburse the parents for extra childcare or taking the day off work then as they are quick enough for fining parents for taking a holiday.
[quote][p][bold]DAISY3073[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: If they do strike I'm invoicing them the amount I would get in a fine if I was to take my kids out of scholl without permission[/p][/quote]OMG here we go again - it's not the school that issue the fines for term-time absence - It's the local authority[/p][/quote]Perhaps the local authority should reimburse the parents for extra childcare or taking the day off work then as they are quick enough for fining parents for taking a holiday. Hessenford
  • Score: 7

1:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Derf says...

It seems there isn't much solidarity in the N.U.T, just had a text to say none of the Bourne Academy staff will be striking. I guess it's only the ones that want new shoes or some gardening that needs doing that have issues with their pensions...
It seems there isn't much solidarity in the N.U.T, just had a text to say none of the Bourne Academy staff will be striking. I guess it's only the ones that want new shoes or some gardening that needs doing that have issues with their pensions... Derf
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Fri 21 Mar 14

JB New Forest says...

Well done teachers for standing up for your democratic rights. We expect teachers to virtually bring up our children nowadays (listen to the comments about paying for my childcare whilst teachers strike, how can I cope actually having to look after my own child on a school day!) If we didn't have the power to strike, I am sure most people would be on dreadful terms and conditions. Imagine trying to live on a minimum wages? I couldn't! I shall welcome an unexpected day off with my children, and thank the teachers who do such a sterling, thankless job. I assume you can all read this? Thank a teacher!
Well done teachers for standing up for your democratic rights. We expect teachers to virtually bring up our children nowadays (listen to the comments about paying for my childcare whilst teachers strike, how can I cope actually having to look after my own child on a school day!) If we didn't have the power to strike, I am sure most people would be on dreadful terms and conditions. Imagine trying to live on a minimum wages? I couldn't! I shall welcome an unexpected day off with my children, and thank the teachers who do such a sterling, thankless job. I assume you can all read this? Thank a teacher! JB New Forest
  • Score: 6

1:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Derf says...

JB New Forest wrote:
Well done teachers for standing up for your democratic rights. We expect teachers to virtually bring up our children nowadays (listen to the comments about paying for my childcare whilst teachers strike, how can I cope actually having to look after my own child on a school day!) If we didn't have the power to strike, I am sure most people would be on dreadful terms and conditions. Imagine trying to live on a minimum wages? I couldn't! I shall welcome an unexpected day off with my children, and thank the teachers who do such a sterling, thankless job. I assume you can all read this? Thank a teacher!
My sister and I could both read and write before we started school, the teacher had a right moan at my mum (who taught us) when we started school as she would have rather had a class all at the same level to teach.
So please forgive me if I don't much feel like thanking a teacher for being able to read these comments.

Could you also tell me why teachers aren't as viociferous about rallying in Wimborne about their pensions during the school holidays?
[quote][p][bold]JB New Forest[/bold] wrote: Well done teachers for standing up for your democratic rights. We expect teachers to virtually bring up our children nowadays (listen to the comments about paying for my childcare whilst teachers strike, how can I cope actually having to look after my own child on a school day!) If we didn't have the power to strike, I am sure most people would be on dreadful terms and conditions. Imagine trying to live on a minimum wages? I couldn't! I shall welcome an unexpected day off with my children, and thank the teachers who do such a sterling, thankless job. I assume you can all read this? Thank a teacher![/p][/quote]My sister and I could both read and write before we started school, the teacher had a right moan at my mum (who taught us) when we started school as she would have rather had a class all at the same level to teach. So please forgive me if I don't much feel like thanking a teacher for being able to read these comments. Could you also tell me why teachers aren't as viociferous about rallying in Wimborne about their pensions during the school holidays? Derf
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Fri 21 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

AT least this strike will sort out the many under performing, bone idle, lazy and militant lefty 'teacher' sheep from the genuine, hard working and excellent vocational teachers - if nothing else. So do take a note parents and Head teachers.

Some folk don't know when they are well off, there is absolutely NOTHING to strike about - they really should count their substantial employment blessings.
AT least this strike will sort out the many under performing, bone idle, lazy and militant lefty 'teacher' sheep from the genuine, hard working and excellent vocational teachers - if nothing else. So do take a note parents and Head teachers. Some folk don't know when they are well off, there is absolutely NOTHING to strike about - they really should count their substantial employment blessings. muscliffman
  • Score: 6

4:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

sea poole says...

Phew -muscliffman- thought you were ill or something like that as you weren't the usual first to 'trawl' the Echo for criticising public services...or is it 'troll?...
Phew -muscliffman- thought you were ill or something like that as you weren't the usual first to 'trawl' the Echo for criticising public services...or is it 'troll?... sea poole
  • Score: -3

6:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

hamworthygirl says...

JB New Forest wrote:
Well done teachers for standing up for your democratic rights. We expect teachers to virtually bring up our children nowadays (listen to the comments about paying for my childcare whilst teachers strike, how can I cope actually having to look after my own child on a school day!) If we didn't have the power to strike, I am sure most people would be on dreadful terms and conditions. Imagine trying to live on a minimum wages? I couldn't! I shall welcome an unexpected day off with my children, and thank the teachers who do such a sterling, thankless job. I assume you can all read this? Thank a teacher!
All i can say is whatever they get paid is not enough I wouldnt want to try and control and teach some of the little monsters i see on the school run. As far as I know the strike is to do with the government changes to schools and the staff conditions which the teachers dont agree with. I myself had a call from a headteacher re an email i had sent to school at 830 at night so they dont all go home at 330.
[quote][p][bold]JB New Forest[/bold] wrote: Well done teachers for standing up for your democratic rights. We expect teachers to virtually bring up our children nowadays (listen to the comments about paying for my childcare whilst teachers strike, how can I cope actually having to look after my own child on a school day!) If we didn't have the power to strike, I am sure most people would be on dreadful terms and conditions. Imagine trying to live on a minimum wages? I couldn't! I shall welcome an unexpected day off with my children, and thank the teachers who do such a sterling, thankless job. I assume you can all read this? Thank a teacher![/p][/quote]All i can say is whatever they get paid is not enough I wouldnt want to try and control and teach some of the little monsters i see on the school run. As far as I know the strike is to do with the government changes to schools and the staff conditions which the teachers dont agree with. I myself had a call from a headteacher re an email i had sent to school at 830 at night so they dont all go home at 330. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 5

6:54pm Fri 21 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

sea poole wrote:
Phew -muscliffman- thought you were ill or something like that as you weren't the usual first to 'trawl' the Echo for criticising public services...or is it 'troll?...
So no chance of any contribution whatsoever on the actual topic, just a rather personal attack on another commentator who has taken the trouble to offer one.

Perhaps you don't understand the meaning of the description 'troll' in a forum context, I suggest you best look it up before using it again!
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Phew -muscliffman- thought you were ill or something like that as you weren't the usual first to 'trawl' the Echo for criticising public services...or is it 'troll?...[/p][/quote]So no chance of any contribution whatsoever on the actual topic, just a rather personal attack on another commentator who has taken the trouble to offer one. Perhaps you don't understand the meaning of the description 'troll' in a forum context, I suggest you best look it up before using it again! muscliffman
  • Score: 3

10:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Quick. Book a last minute holiday to Grand Vanary with the family.

Have a neighbour call in the kiddies sick on Thursday/Frid.

By Monday they will have stopped asking.

Kiddies back to school Thursday, tanned and happy. You will have paid a fraction for a family holiday.

Thanks, NUT!!
Quick. Book a last minute holiday to Grand Vanary with the family. Have a neighbour call in the kiddies sick on Thursday/Frid. By Monday they will have stopped asking. Kiddies back to school Thursday, tanned and happy. You will have paid a fraction for a family holiday. Thanks, NUT!! Yankee1
  • Score: 0

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