Teachers’ strike set to disrupt Exmouth schools

10:28 24 March 2014

Archant

Teachers in Exmouth will be going on strike on Wednesday, March 26, with one school so far confirming it will be closed on the day.

A national strike has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), which says it has concerns over teachers’ pay, pension reforms, and excessive bureaucracy, due to government reforms.

Withycombe Raleigh Primary School has confirmed it will be shut due to the strike, and Exeter Road Primary School will be closing its reception, year two and year three classes.

Exmouth Community College is planning to remain open, despite members of staff being expected to strike.

College principal Tony Alexander said: “Members of the NUT are taking strike action as part of a national campaign against changes to their conditions of service and pension arrangements. The college will remain open for all year groups on this day.”

NUT spokesman Timothy Hodge, speaking on behalf of NUT members at the college, said: “Members at Exmouth wish to make it clear that the decision to strike is not taken lightly. It is a difficult decision for every individual to make.

“Some disruption to students and to their parents is inevitable and the staff very much regret this.

“The teachers on strike from Exmouth Community College wish it to be known that they understand that some people will disagree with the decision to take strike action, but they hope that the community they serve will appreciate the integrity of the motivations that underpin their action.

“They believe that their action on March 26 is part of a campaign that can lead to a better future for the education service and the children of this country.”

Mr Hodge added that NUT members were being encouraged, not instructed, to strike.

The Department for Education has said it feels parents will ‘struggle to understand’ the strike, as it has agreed to teachers’ request for further talks about the reforms.

The Journal will post updates if and when further closures are announced.

1 comment

  • Laughable when ive been told I cant take my child out of school with a years notice..not five days!

    Report this comment

    Kathleen Webb

    Monday, March 24, 2014

Other News Stories

This stunning view will become the outdoor ‘office’ for the new East Devon Pebblebed Heaths’ conservation manager

Read more
12:30

The hunt is on to recruit two new local youths to sign up for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) course.

Read more
10:28

An ‘unprecedented’ disaster that has left a lasting legacy in East Devon

Read more
10:00

An Exmouth woman has been nominated for a national award after losing two stone in three months.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:39

Ricky Gervais has pledged to donate gig profits to animal charity Nowzad, which was founded in Exmouth,

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Rugby players from Exeter Chiefs visited Otterton Primary School this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

An ‘anti-motor home’ pensioner from Exmouth has hit out at a Good Samaritan’s plan to spread seafront cheer to strangers.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A Brixington woman has described her Great Wall of China charity challenge as an ‘amazing’ experience.

Read more
Yesterday, 01:00

A Devon-based restaurant will become the first in 2017 to be given a top industry award.

Read more
Mon, 12:30

Plans for retirement housing to be built on a former care home site in Exmouth have again been opposed by town planners

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications