Teachers’ union strikes set for Gainsborough

Linda Daily with her two children Fiona, nine, and Chloe, 12. She is unhappy about the teachers strike on Thursday G110628-4a

Linda Daily with her two children Fiona, nine, and Chloe, 12. She is unhappy about the teachers strike on Thursday G110628-4a

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CONCERNED parents have spoken out after a number of Gainsborough schools are set to close as a result of teachers going on strike.

Today, teachers belonging to the NUT and ATL unions were set to take industrial action in opposition to the Government’s proposals to cut teachers’ pensions.

General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers Christine Blower said: “Now is the time to defend our pensions.”

As a result, a number of schools in the Gainsborough area will close or partially close.

A spokesman from Queen Elizabeth’s High School in Gainsborough confirmed that years 8 and 9 won’t be coming into school, but the rest of the school will be operating as normal.

Although a small number of staff at Trent Valley Academy are said to be striking, TVA spokesman John Cawdell said they are dealing with it internally and teaching will not be affected.

Meanwhile, Walkeringham Primary School will be partially closed, as will Benjamin Adlard Community Primary School.

Parent Linda Daily has one child who attends TVA, but another at Benjamin Adlard who will have the day off.

“It’s going to be difficult,” she said. “I have to get them both up and bring one to school while the other has a day off and it’s going to be very inconvenient.”

Theresa Bouse also has a child at Benjamin Adlard School.

“What about the single parents who are working and have to pay for childcare for the day?” she said.

A spokesman from Benjamin Adlard Primary School refused to comment.

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