All secondary schools affected by teachers’ strike

Liz Cresswell, head teacher at Brighouse High School
Liz Cresswell, head teacher at Brighouse High School

All of Calderdale’s secondary schools will be affected when teachers take industrial action on Tuesday October 1.

Around 90 per cent of Calderdale’s teacher’s belong ot the NUT and NASUWT unions which have organised the action.

All secondary schools will be closed to students after headteachers said they would not have enough available staff to ensure the safety of pupils.

The only exceptions to this are Park Lane, which will allow Year 11s to come in; Rastrick High, which be partially open for Year 11, 12 and 13 pupils and Trinity Academy which will also be partially open for Years 11, 12 and 13.

Letters have been sent home to parents informing them of the situation.

One such letter, from Liz Cresswell, headteacher at Brighouse High School, advises “that pupils make use of the time on this day to study/carry out individual research and reading”.

It’s a slightly different situation for primary schools with many managing to stay open but parents are advised to check the school’s website or call in to confirm if they will be open.

It leaves parents having to find ways to look after their children for the day with many being forced to take time off work.

However, Sue McMahon, of Calderdale NUT, said the action was necessary as teachers are getting more and more concerned about the damage they feel the government’s planned changes will cause to education.

“Reluctantly teachers are being forced by the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, to take strike action,” she said.

“For months we have been trying to sit around the table to negiotate with him, but unfortunately he has been paying lip service and not having meaningful talks.

“Every child deserves a good education.

“Now Michael Gove needs to sit down and talk and, most importantly, listen because this is just the start of industrial action.

“It’s going to escalate.”