Teachers across Calderdale were staging a one day strike today as part of industrial action by NUT members.
The walk out is over increased workloads and bureaucracy, introduction of performance related pay and unfair pension changes.
NUT Divisional Secretary for Calderdale Sue McMahon said: “Striking is the last thing we want to do, but Michael Gove wants to rip the heart out of education and revert back to a time when young people did not have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
“He is intent on imposing his blinkered view of education, which is for the few and not for the many.
“This strike is not about selfish teachers wanting to line their own pockets; it’s about standing up to the bullying secretary of state who allows unqualified people to teach and allows private companies to make a profit out of education.”
Teachers last walked out on October 1 last year causing chaos for schools and the NUT says that since then Mr Gove has refused to sit down and discuss the issues.
The following schools have announced they will be closed or partially closed:
Bradshaw Primary School - closed
Christ Church Junior School, Sowerby Bridge - closed
Colden School - Two classes not in school, one only in until lunchtime and one class in as normal
Christ Church Junior School, Sowerby Bridge - Closed entirely.
New Road School, Sowerby Bridge - Closed to Years 5 and 6
Lightcliffe Primary School - One form from Reception and Years 2, 5 and 6
Longroyde Junior School, Rastrick - One form from Year 3 and year 6
Old Town Primary School - Closed to Years 5 and 6.
Sacred Heart Primary School, Sowerby - Closed entirely.
St Mary’s CofE J&I School, Sowerby Bridge - Closed entirely
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Elland - Year 3/4 class affected
Brighouse High School - Years 7, 8, 9, 10 will stay at home. Some lessons for Years 11, 12, and 13
Brooksbank School - Closed to Years 7, 8, 9, 10. Open to Years 11, 12, and 13
Calder High School - Closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Open to Years 11, 12, and 13
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School - Closed
Rastrick High School - Closed to Year 8 and 9 students
Sowerby Bridge High School - Closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Open to Years 11, 12, and 13.
Todmorden High School - Closed.
North Halifax Grammar School - Closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Open to some students studying for exams from Years 11, 12, and 13
Ryburn Valley High School - Closed to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Open to Years 11, 12 and 13
St Joseph’s Primary School - Closed to Years 3 and 6
Trinity Academy - Closed to Years 8 and 9. Open to Years 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13
Open as normal:
All Saints Primary School, Barkisland Primary School, Luddenden Foot Academy, Bowling Green Primary School, Stainland, Copley Primary School, Greetland Academy, Norland CofE J&I School, Savile Park Primary School, Scout Road J&I School, Shelf J&I School, St John’s School, Rishworth, Todmorden J&I School, Triangle School, Walsden Primary School, Warley Town Primary School, West Vale Primary School. Woodhouse Primary School, Brighouse
Crossley Heath Grammar School
All other schools are yet to decide the course of action or are waiting to hear from union members.