Schools across Calderdale will be affected today (Thursday) as unions carry out industrial action.
The NUT is taking strike action alongside five other unions, Unison, FBU, PCS, GMB and Unite.
The NUT strike action across England and Wales is in pursuit of the disputes that Michael Gove has caused with the profession around pay, pensions and conditions.
Sue McMahon, Secretary of Calderdale National Union of Teachers, said: “Striking is the last thing we want to do, teachers deeply regret having to take strike action. We are aware that this causes problems and disruption for parents and carers. However, despite months in talks with Government officials, the real issues of our dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service have not been addressed
“The Secretary of State, Michael Gove, constantly denigrates and undermines our profession, by dismantling the national pay structure and introducing Performance Related Pay, we will see a generation of school children being denied access to a qualified teacher as demoralised teachers leave in droves.
“This strike is not about selfish teachers wanting to line their own pocket; it’s about standing up to the Secretary of State who allows unqualified people to teach and allows private companies to make a profit out of education.
“The fact that teachers are prepared to take strike action is an indication of the strength of feeling and anger about the Government’s imposed changes. The profession is on its knees. Strike action is a last resort but, due to the intransigence of the Coalition Government, it is one which we cannot avoid. Unless our concerns are addressed education will suffer, teacher shortages will worsen and morale in schools will drop even further. Michael Gove can avoid further disruption by engaging in serious negotiations and making changes to policy.”
The following schools will be closed:
Bradshaw Primary School
Burnley Road Academy
Castlefields Infant (Partially closed)
Central Street Infant and Nursery
Colden Junior and Infant (partially closed)
Ferney Lee Primary
Highbury School, Rastrick
Holywell Green Primary
Lightcliffe CE Primary
Mount Pellon Junior and Infant
Old Town Primary School
Park Lane Learning Trust
Parkinson Lane Community
Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College
Rawson Junior Infant and Nursery
Ripponden Junior and Infant
St Mary’s Junior and Infant School, Sowerby Bridge Riverside Junior School (partially closed)
Brighouse High School will be closed to most pupils in Years 8, 9, 10, and 12. Year 7 should attend school for the planned Careers Day. Other pupils involved in projects or coursework activity may also be invited in to attend by teachers.
Brooksbank School, Elland will be closed except for year 10 and 12 students
Calder High School will be closed except for students in Year 12.
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School will be closed for Years 7 to 11 but will be open all day for Year 12 students.
Sowerby Bridge High School will be closed to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 but will be open all day for Year 10 students.
Todmorden High School will be open until 1.30pm but to pupils in Years 7 and 8 only
The following schools will be open as normal:
Rastrick High School
Abbey Park Junior Infant and Nursery
All Saints Junior and Infant School
Ash Green Community Primary
Bolton Brow Junior, Infant and Nursery School
Bowling Green Primary School
Carr Green Primary (However, Nursery will be closed)
Christ Church School, Pellon
Christ Church CE Junior, Sowerby Bridge
Cliffe Hill Community Primary
Dean Field Community Primary
Elland CE Junior Infant and Nursery
Foxhill Primary School, Queensbury
Hipperholme Grammar Junior
Halifax Holy Trinity
Hebden Royd Primary
Norland CE Junior and Infant School
Northowram Primary School
North Halifax Grammar School
Ryburn Valley High School
Shibden Head, Hainsworth Moor Grove
St Andrew’s Infant School, Brighouse
St John’s Primary Academy, Clifton
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary
St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Halifax
St Michael and All Angels CE Shelf
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary
Todmorden CE Junior and Infant
Trinity Academy, Halifax
Walsden St Peter’s CE
West Vale Primary School