Schools closed across borough as teachers strike

Calderdale NUT demonstration.
Calderdale NUT demonstration.

Schools across Calderdale will be closed today as teachers go on strike over proposed changes to pensions.

Around 90 per cent of teachers in the borough are expected to take part in the strikes organised by the NUT and NASUWT.

It means many parents have been left looking after their children or finding alternative care for them after teachers said they would have to close schools due to health and safety concerns.

Rastrick High School and Park Lane Learning Trust will be partly open for older pupils.

Some primary schools will open but parents have been sent letters letting them know of the situation.

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.

These include promoting free schools, adjusting holiday dates and making teachers work until they are 68.

“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.”

The following primary schools are open: Ash Green, Bailiffe Bridge, Barkisland, Beech Hill, Bowling Green, Carr Green, Christ Church (Pellon), Copley, Dean Field, Greetland, Salterlee, Sowerby Village, St John’s (Clifton), St Michael and All Angels, Stubbings, Wainstalls, Woodhouse.