LiveLiveblog: Sussex schools shut as strike starts

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  • Schools across Sussex have closed due to the NUT strike today
  • See if your child's school is closed with our updated lists of all Sussex schools affected
  • Demonstrations are planned in Brighton, Eastbourne and Worthing later today
  • Staff at Millais School in Horsham have decided not to strike following last week's devastating fire

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Here's a video our photographer Terry Applin shot of the march in Hove and the rally in Brighton:

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Photographer Simon Dack says there are about 1,000 teachers in Trafalgar Street. Here's a video he took:

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Another video from Simon Dack of the march going along Lewes Road, by St Martin's Church: 

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Ben James says the march has a police escort and buses are being delayed by about 10-15 minutes. 

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More pictures from Ben James of the march in Western Road, Brighton. 

The Argus:

 

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Picture by Ben James, who reports: "More than 400 marchers are chanting 'What do we want? Gove out! When do we want it? Now"'"

11:28am

Ben James reports that NUT members are now marching down Western road by Waitrose. GMB members are also marching in support.

11:27am

A video from Sam Stephenson of the march through Eastbourne: 

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A video from Simon Dack of the march going past Saunders Park: 

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Here's a video by Simon Dack of the march through Lewes Road:

 

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Photographer Sam Stephenson has taken these pictures of the march through Eastbourne:

The Argus:

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Reporter Ben James is currently in Brighton waiting for the march to arrive. He says: "There are dozens of youngsters in KFC, Burger King and McDonalds enjoying their day off."

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The Argus:

Teachers march in Lewes Road - Picture by Simon Dack

10:32am

Phil Clarke, teacher at Lewes Priory School, said: "Workload is a major issue. A survey has shown primary school teachers are working very nearly 60 hours a wek and that is simply unsustainable.

"Already nearly 50 per cent of teachers don't last five years in the job. The workload is driving people out and there is going to be severe shortages because of the astronomical workload.

"We simply need a system that allows teachers to do their job but also to actually see their own kids and have a life outside of school because it's detrimental to the children to have tired teachers who are replaced every few years.

"The turnover in some schools is frankly disgraceful and it is the workload.

"With regards to public reaction, my experience has been very good actually I think parents more and more understand that teachers work incredibly hard and the workload is too much and I think they value what we do for their children day in day out.

"Of course some are frustrated I don't blame them when you have to take a day off work or pay for child care but they need to direct their anger at the government.

"The government has caused these strikes. We would much rather be at work."

9:59am

The Argus:

Banners in the hedge outside Bhasvic - picture by Ben James

9:58am

Bhasvic principal Chris Thomson visited the picket to see how his teachers were getting on.

Mr Thomson didn't say if he supported the action or not. However, he told The Argus: "All I can is that within the college we have our disagreements with the union but we always manage to resolve those by getting around a table and listening to one another, and seeking out the deep compromise that might not be on the surface but you can often find it if you are willing to work together.

"I think it is regrettable the government can't currently do that at a national level."

9:57am

Phil Anthony, Head of philosophy and politics at Bhasvic and the college's NUT rep said: "The reason we are out today is because our leadership is trying to negotiate with Michael Gove about the changes to pay conditions and pensions and we are not getting very far.

"The idea of having a teacher in the classroom with nine year old children at 68 is absurd.

"Performance related pay is also ridiculous - we are an outstanding college, we are professionals and we don't need performance related pay dangled in front of us.

"The only thing it will do is pit teachers against each other and also put extra pressure on students to get better results.

"They are already under tremendous pressure. The statistics for students self harming and suicide are already a disgrace in this country."

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If you haven't seen it already - here's our front page story today about how some Brighton pupils are planning their own strike tomorrow.

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If you're a parent with children at a school closed due to today's strike action, how has it affected your day? 

Have you had to find emergency childcare? Have you taken the day off? Or have you brought the children into work with you? 

Let us know in the comments below. 

9:21am

Staff at Millais School have decided not to strike today.

In a statement sent to The Argus last night, they said: "Before the fire at Millais School in Horsham, a large number of NUT members were planning to go on strike on 26th March, as part of the national industrial action protesting against government plans for teachers' pensions, pay and conditions.

"Due to the devastating effect of the fire on the school, most teachers have now decided not to strike, in order to support the students in getting back to lessons.

"However, NUT members at the school will be wearing Stand Up for Education T-shirts at work tomorrow, and will contribute to the West Sussex strike fund, in order to send a message of support to the teachers' strike.

"Teachers at Millais have been torn between their desire to send a strong message to Michael Gove and their dedication to the needs of the children in their care at this difficult time."

7:55am

A number of events have been organised for today.

Teachers will be picketing BHASVIC in Brighton from 8.30am.

There will then be demonstrations leaving from Hove Town Hall, Blakers Park and Saunders Park. All three will meet up for a joint protest at the Brighthelm Centre at 11.30am.

There will also be demonstrations in Eastbourne from the bandstand at 10.30am and Hastings, from the White Rock Hotel, also at 10.30am.

In West Sussex, NUT members will be handing out leaflets in Montague Place, Worthing ,at 10.30am.

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The union members were also speaking to commuters about why they had chosen to strike.

The Argus:

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Argus photographer Tony Wood was down at Brighton Station this morning where NUT members were handing out leaflets to commuters.

The Argus:

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West Sussex County Council have published the following list of closed and partially closed schools. For more detials visit their website at www.westsussex.gov.uk.

Billingshurst Primary School
Birchwood Grove Community Primary School (Burgess Hill)
Downlands Community School
Downsbrook Middle School
Durrington First School
Field Place First School
Fishbourne CofE Primary School
Globe Primary, The
Gossops Green Community Primary School
Hassocks Infant School
Heene CofE First School
Herons Dale Primary School
Holy Trinity CofE Secondary School (Crawley)
Kingslea Primary School
Laurels First School, The (Worthing)
Lindfield Primary School
London Meed Community Primary School
Northgate Primary School
Oakmeeds Community College
Oriel High School
Ormiston Six Villages Academy
Parklands Community Primary School
Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School
Sackville School
Shelley Primary School
Southway Junior School (Burgess Hill)
St Anthony's School
St Margaret's CofE Primary School (Angmering)
St Richard's Catholic Primary School
Steyning Grammar School
Tanbridge House School
Thomas A Becket Middle School
Trafalgar Community Infant School
Turners Hill CofE Primary School
Wisborough Green Primary School

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It's a similar story in East Sussex with a mix of closed and partially closed schools. Here is East Sussex County Council's latest list:

 

Confirmed closed today
Blacklands Primary School, Hastings closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Burwash Church Of England Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Chantry Community Primary School, Bexhill-on-Sea closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Chiddingly Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
College Central, Eastbourne closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Cradle Hill Community Primary School, Seaford closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Crowhurst Church of England Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Denton Community School, Newhaven closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Ditchling (St Margaret's) Church of England Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Firle Church of England Primary School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Hamsey Community Primary School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
All teachers striking
Hawkes Farm Primary School, Hailsham closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Hellingly Community Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Langney Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Laughton Community Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Meridian Primary School, Peacehaven closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Northiam Church of England Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Park Mead Primary School, Hailsham closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Pashley Down Infant School, Eastbourne closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Peacehaven Heights Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The Infant site will be open for Nursery and Reception children only, the junior site will be completely closed
Pells Church of England Primary School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Priory School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Due to strike action from members of the NUT Priory School is closed to students on Wednesday 26 March. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. School will be open as usual on Thursday 27 March.
Ringmer Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Rodmell Church of England Primary School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Seaford Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Shinewater Primary School, Eastbourne closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
South Malling Church of England Primary School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School, Bexhill-On-Sea closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, St Leonards-on-sea closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
St Paul's Church Of England Primary School, St Leonards-on-Sea closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
St Philip's Catholic Primary School, Uckfield closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
St Thomas' Church of England Primary School, Winchelsea closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Staplecross Methodist Primary School, Robertsbridge closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The South Downs Community Special School, Eastbourne closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The East Site will be completely closed. The West Site will be partially closed.
Wallands Community Primary School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Closed to pupils. Open to staff who are not striking.
West Rise Community Infant School, Eastbourne closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
School Closed
West St Leonards Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The academy will be open on Thursday the 27th of March as usual.
Western Road Community Primary School, Lewes closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014


Confirmed partly closed today
Brede Primary School, Broad Oak partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Chailey School, South Chailey partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The school will be OPEN for all students in Year 11 who should attend as normal. Transport to school will operate as normal. School is closed to Years 7-10.
Christ Church Church of England Primary School, St Leonards-on-Sea partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Our school will be open for the following year groups; Nursery, Reception, Year 2, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Children in these classes should attend as usual. Our school will be closed to pupils in Year 1 and Year 3 only due to industrial action. Breakfast Club and Stay and Play are open as usual.
Churchwood Community Primary School, St Leonards-on-sea partly closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
Nursery and Year 1 will be closed. Reception, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will be open. Year 6 will be going on their residential visit.
Claverham Community College, Battle partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Due to Industrial action the College will be closed to Year 10 pupils on 26/3/14. The College is open as usual for all other year groups. Claverham Day Nursery and our Community Education will operate as normal.
Harbour Primary & Nursery School, Newhaven partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Our school will be open for the following year groups; Nursery, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 6. Our school will be closed for Reception and Year 5 only due to industial action.
Mayfield Church of England Primary School partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Jaguars Class Yr3/4 closed
Motcombe Community School, Eastbourne partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
The following classes will be closed: Octopus Class and Seahorse Class.
New Horizons School, St Leonards-on-sea partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Please note that New Horizons will be open to all students on Wednesday 26th March, EXCEPT for FLP students.
Nutley Church of England Primary School partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Willow class will be closed for the afternoon session but will be open as usual for the morning session. The remaining classes will be open as usual.
Plumpton Primary School, Plumpton Green partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
There will be school as usual for Key Stage 1 but school will be closed for Key Stage 2 children
Ratton School Academy Trust, Eastbourne partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
We are open to Year 11 students only
Robertsbridge Community College partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The College will be open to Year 11 students only. The College buses will run as normal and a canteen service will be available on this date.
Robsack Wood Community Primary School, St Leonards-on-sea partly closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
The following classes will be closed to pupils: Wise Owls Chestnuts and Hazelnuts Dewberry and Mulberry Elm and Oak Beech and Birch
The following Classes will be open: Woodpeckers Redwood and Rowan Walnut
Salehurst Church of England Primary School, Robertsbridge partly closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
All classes closed except Y6 who will be out on a school trip to Drusillas.
Sir Henry Fermor Church of England Primary School, Crowborough partly closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
Hedgehogs, Kestrels and Woodpeckers classes closed - all other classes open as usual.
St Michael's Church of England Primary School, Playden partly closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
The school will be open for all children in Key Stage 1 but closed for children in Key Stage 2
St Michael's Primary School, Withyham partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Years 3,4,5 and 6 will be operating as normal. Reception and Year 1 & 2 will be closed due to strike action.
St Thomas A Becket Catholic Junior School, Eastbourne partly closed, Industrial action:Wednesday 26 March 2014
school closed to 4I, 4L, 5R, 6N
Stone Cross School partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The following classes will be closed: Nuthatches, Kingfishers, Magpies, Ospreys.
Stonegate Church of England Primary School partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Closed for Bluebird and Hummingbird classes Open for Kookaburas, Warblers and Penguins
The Eastbourne Academy partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
We are closed to Years 7, 8 and 9 due to industrial action. Years 10/11 to attend as normal.
The Hastings Academy partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Due to industrial action on Wednesday 26th March 2014, The Hastings Academy will be open to students in Years 10 and 11 only and will be closed to students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The Academy will open again as normal to all students on Thursday 27th March 2014.
The Haven Voluntary Aided C E Methodist Primary School, Eastbourne partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
School is closed to the following classes: Ruby L, Emerald C & W, Amber N The school is open to pupils in Ruby N, Sapphire RE & SF, Amber S, Amethyst, Pearl & Diamond.
The St Leonards Academy, St Leonards-on-sea partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The St Leonards Academy will be open for Year 10 and 11 students only
Uckfield Community Technology College partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
The College will be open as normal for Sixth Formers but closed for Years 7 to 11. Students in Years 7 to 11 should use Moodle to identify work that they can continue with.
Uplands Community College, Wadhurst partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Partial closure due to NUT industrial action. College only open to students in Year 11-13.
White House Primary School, Hailsham partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Turtle Class -open until 1.15pm closed for the afternoon session.
Seahorse Class- closed in the morning but open from 1pm for the afternoon session.
Dolphin Class- closed all day.
Sea Star, Axoray and Chromodoris classes open as ususal.
Willingdon Community School, Eastbourne partly closed, Industrial action: Wednesday 26 March2014
Partial closure of the School due to NUT industrial action by teaching staff. School will be open to students in Year 11 only.

7:22am

The vast majority of schools in Brighton and Hove are to close. Here is the latest list from the council:

 

Aldrington CofE Primary School
Balfour Primary School
Benfield Primary
Bevendean Primary School
Brackenbury Primary School
Brighton & Hove Pupil Referal Unit
Carden Primary School
Cardinal Newman Catholic School
Carlton Hill Primary School
The Cedar Centre
Coldean Primary School
Coombe Road Primary School
Davigdor Infant School
Dorothy Stringer School
Downs Infant School
Downs Park
Downs View Special
Elm Grove Primary
Fairlight Primary School
Goldstone Primary School
Hangleton Infants School
Hangleton Junior School
Hertford Infant and Nursery School
Hertford Junior School
Hillside School
Homewood College
Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre
Longhill High School
Middle Street Primary School
Mile Oak Primary School
Moulsecoomb Primary School
Patcham Infant
Patcham Junior
Patcham High
Peter Gladwin Primary School
Queen's Park Primary School
Royal Spa Nursery School
Rudyard Kipling Primary School
St Andrew's CofE Primary School
St Bartholomew’s CofE Primary
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
St Luke's Primary School
St Margaret's CofE Primary School, Rottingdean
St Mark's CofE Primary School
St Martin's CofE Primary School
St Mary Magdalen Primary School
St Mary's Catholic Primary School
St Paul's CofE Primary School
St Peter's Community Primary School
Saltdean Primary
Somerhill Junior School
Stanford Infant
Stanford Junior
Varndean School
Woodingdean Primary
West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School
Westdene Primary School
Woodingdean Primary School
West Hove Junior School

The following schools have informed the council that they will be partially open to some classes or year groups.

Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College
Cottesmore St Mary’s RC Primary
Our Lady of Lourdes RC School
St Joseph’s RC Primary
St Nicolas CoE Primary
West Hove Infant School

The following schools have informed the council that they will be open:

Patcham House Special School

7:20am

Good morning and welcome to our live blog. We will be bringing you all the latest from the national NUT strike which has closed hundreds of schools across Sussex.

Our reporters will be out and about at the various pickets and marches to bring you live action and reaction from the day's events.

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1:34pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cookie_brighton says...

So as parents get fined for taking their children out of school for a holiday, does this mean that now they will receive a payment due to teachers not turning up to teach the children............
.it cannot only be one way.
So as parents get fined for taking their children out of school for a holiday, does this mean that now they will receive a payment due to teachers not turning up to teach the children............ .it cannot only be one way. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Worthingsaint says...

I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary?

Get back to work.
I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary? Get back to work. Worthingsaint
  • Score: -2

2:22pm Wed 26 Mar 14

kipper12 says...

im thinking of sending a bill for childminders fees to my daughters school as this strike was not authorised absence..... im taking my child out of school in june during term time for a weeks holiday as un authorised absence and they will fine me 60 bloody quid !!!!!!

fairs fair i say !!!
im thinking of sending a bill for childminders fees to my daughters school as this strike was not authorised absence..... im taking my child out of school in june during term time for a weeks holiday as un authorised absence and they will fine me 60 bloody quid !!!!!! fairs fair i say !!! kipper12
  • Score: 0

8:23pm Wed 26 Mar 14

TROY44 says...

All teachers are idle and lazy. 12 weeks holiday a year 5 day week start at 9 go home at 3. Try working for a living.
All teachers are idle and lazy. 12 weeks holiday a year 5 day week start at 9 go home at 3. Try working for a living. TROY44
  • Score: -9

8:57pm Wed 26 Mar 14

JoeBlow says...

Worthingsaint wrote:
I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary?

Get back to work.
I guess in your world you don't think anything is worth fighting for. Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Worthingsaint[/bold] wrote: I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary? Get back to work.[/p][/quote]I guess in your world you don't think anything is worth fighting for. Pathetic. JoeBlow
  • Score: 7

8:57pm Wed 26 Mar 14

JoeBlow says...

Worthingsaint wrote:
I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary?

Get back to work.
I guess in your world you don't think anything is worth fighting for. Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Worthingsaint[/bold] wrote: I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary? Get back to work.[/p][/quote]I guess in your world you don't think anything is worth fighting for. Pathetic. JoeBlow
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DCCCCCC says...

JoeBlow wrote:
Worthingsaint wrote:
I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary?

Get back to work.
I guess in your world you don't think anything is worth fighting for. Pathetic.
Wish they would strike every day. The roads were much clearer. All the secondary school kids were probably in bed rather than mummy/daddy driving them to school.
[quote][p][bold]JoeBlow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worthingsaint[/bold] wrote: I am absolutely appalled that 'teachers' ate allowed to get away with shaming their profession in this matter. Not only have they let down the children they profess to care so much about, they have disrupted everyone else's working day - were the whistles really necessary? Get back to work.[/p][/quote]I guess in your world you don't think anything is worth fighting for. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Wish they would strike every day. The roads were much clearer. All the secondary school kids were probably in bed rather than mummy/daddy driving them to school. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DCCCCCC says...

TROY44 wrote:
All teachers are idle and lazy. 12 weeks holiday a year 5 day week start at 9 go home at 3. Try working for a living.
Ignorant, very very ignorant. You haven't got a clue, not a clue.
[quote][p][bold]TROY44[/bold] wrote: All teachers are idle and lazy. 12 weeks holiday a year 5 day week start at 9 go home at 3. Try working for a living.[/p][/quote]Ignorant, very very ignorant. You haven't got a clue, not a clue. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 6

9:10pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DCCCCCC says...

TROY44 wrote:
All teachers are idle and lazy. 12 weeks holiday a year 5 day week start at 9 go home at 3. Try working for a living.
Ignorant, very very ignorant. You haven't got a clue, not a clue. My husband teaches, works 14 hr days and spends most of the holidays planning, marking and writing schemes of work and doing admin. By the way, he used to be a builder and is planning on going back to the building trade as he said it was much easier and he had a life then. So before you say teachers are idle and lazy, try it and then let see what you say.
[quote][p][bold]TROY44[/bold] wrote: All teachers are idle and lazy. 12 weeks holiday a year 5 day week start at 9 go home at 3. Try working for a living.[/p][/quote]Ignorant, very very ignorant. You haven't got a clue, not a clue. My husband teaches, works 14 hr days and spends most of the holidays planning, marking and writing schemes of work and doing admin. By the way, he used to be a builder and is planning on going back to the building trade as he said it was much easier and he had a life then. So before you say teachers are idle and lazy, try it and then let see what you say. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 6

9:21pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Zamora25 says...

If parents take their kids out of school in term they get fined. Yet it's seemingly ok for teachers to take time off work to strike over pay and conditions. They're not setting a good example kids. Public sector workers need a reality check. Workers in the private sector haven't had pay rises for five years and are having to work longer too yet you don't see us striking. For one simple reason which is that if you did this in the private sector you would be sacked on the spot for gross misconduct. Public sector workers are lucky to have a job at all.
If parents take their kids out of school in term they get fined. Yet it's seemingly ok for teachers to take time off work to strike over pay and conditions. They're not setting a good example kids. Public sector workers need a reality check. Workers in the private sector haven't had pay rises for five years and are having to work longer too yet you don't see us striking. For one simple reason which is that if you did this in the private sector you would be sacked on the spot for gross misconduct. Public sector workers are lucky to have a job at all. Zamora25
  • Score: -3

9:35am Thu 27 Mar 14

Nick-! says...

I find the comments on teachers striking and parents taking students out of school so ironic. Parents believe its the teachers that set the fines. This is just plan wrong! It is the DfE that set the policies which schools legally have to follow. Teacher are striking against the DfE ideology and the policies of political point scoring. You are both complaining about the same issues. Someone needs to stand up and stop Gove wracking the education system. As a parent, I support this action. If Gove is not willing to listen (he has not entered into any conversations with the NUT), what is the alternative? Where would this country be if we just blindly followed everything suggested by our government?
I find the comments on teachers striking and parents taking students out of school so ironic. Parents believe its the teachers that set the fines. This is just plan wrong! It is the DfE that set the policies which schools legally have to follow. Teacher are striking against the DfE ideology and the policies of political point scoring. You are both complaining about the same issues. Someone needs to stand up and stop Gove wracking the education system. As a parent, I support this action. If Gove is not willing to listen (he has not entered into any conversations with the NUT), what is the alternative? Where would this country be if we just blindly followed everything suggested by our government? Nick-!
  • Score: 0

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