Worthing teachers announce midweek walkout

Teachers have announced plans to go on strike this week.

A walkout has been planned for Wednesday at Worthing High School.

Children at the school were sent home with letters confirming that teacher’s union NASUWT had announced the date for the strike.

Headteacher Alison Beer told parents in a letter: “I can confirm that the planned strike action on Wednesday will go ahead.

“As you may be aware, I was attempting to open the school as usual. However, the NASUWT area secretary has declined to allow members to release details of both their name and whether they intend to strike or not.

“I am therefore unable to tell which members of staff are going to be attending or not and so cannot make any plans to accommodate students in a safe manner.

“Therefore, unfortunately, I have no choice but to close the school to all students on Wednesday. All staff not striking will be expected in school planning and preparing for September 2012.”

Teachers voted in favour of industrial action over plans to turn the school into an academy.

As reported in The Argus last month 97% of NASUWT members- which represents about half the teaching staff – voted in favour of industrial action if bosses did not agree to further discussion on the plans.

Despite heavy opposition from parents and teachers, the school’s board of governors voted to accept the move to an academy last month.

Parents voiced their views on the dispute on Facebook.

One woman said: “It’s the insidious undermining of teachers’ pay and conditions as well as the near-on zero discussions with all professional teaching staff that does the most damage.

“There is less and less courtesy (via imposing academy status) shown to the very dedicated hard-working teaching staff who are expected to accept new unfair and divisive pay/conditions.”

Another woman added: “I think it is a really good school and the conversion to the academy will be a good thing.”

No one from Worthing High School was available to comment to The Argus.

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12:39pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Ligand Fields says...

what would be hilarious is if all the pupils decided to have a walk out earlier in the week, and all went "down the 'muzies" for the day.
what would be hilarious is if all the pupils decided to have a walk out earlier in the week, and all went "down the 'muzies" for the day. Ligand Fields

1:21pm Mon 9 Jul 12

GIVE UP says...

If they want to show the public how they feel demonstrate in the town centre so we can see their true feelings, not outside the school just for the cameras and if they do it on a Saturday they'd have a bit more respect
If they want to show the public how they feel demonstrate in the town centre so we can see their true feelings, not outside the school just for the cameras and if they do it on a Saturday they'd have a bit more respect GIVE UP

2:07pm Mon 9 Jul 12

sbiscorrupt says...

"No one from Worthing High School was available to comment to The Argus".....

That's par for the course throughout the whole so-called consultation process....

The Head and Governors even chose to switch their latest meeting in order to avoid any opposition to their scheme...

What do they have to hide?
"No one from Worthing High School was available to comment to The Argus"..... That's par for the course throughout the whole so-called consultation process.... The Head and Governors even chose to switch their latest meeting in order to avoid any opposition to their scheme... What do they have to hide? sbiscorrupt

2:43pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Ligand Fields says...

their trousers?
their trousers? Ligand Fields

4:35pm Mon 9 Jul 12

SicklySeagull says...

A great example for their pupils,just another day off which will not change the situation
A great example for their pupils,just another day off which will not change the situation SicklySeagull

5:32pm Mon 9 Jul 12

ourcoalition says...

Well done the NASUWT-the NUT, UNISON and parents defeated Academies at Varndean and ACE in Brighton - it can be done, and must be done.
No unaccountable, selective, and more to the point, failing Academy Schools here (for evidence of this, go to the Anti-Academies Alliance website).
Well done the NASUWT-the NUT, UNISON and parents defeated Academies at Varndean and ACE in Brighton - it can be done, and must be done. No unaccountable, selective, and more to the point, failing Academy Schools here (for evidence of this, go to the Anti-Academies Alliance website). ourcoalition

7:59am Wed 11 Jul 12

TheGreenPiper says...

I hope the unions and parents will keep fighting for top quality state education.
Thank you!
I hope the unions and parents will keep fighting for top quality state education. Thank you! TheGreenPiper

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