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Schools in Leek and Cheadle are gearing up to close for NUT teachers strike

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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TEACHERS across the country are gearing up to take industrial action against workloads, pay and pensions.

The NUT (National Union of Teachers) have set next Wednesday (March 26) for a day to strike.

According to the NUT website, members will be striking against:

- Excessive workload and bureaucracy.

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- Performance related pay.

- Unfair pension changes.

The Post & Times has contacted all schools in the Leek, Cheadle and surrounding areas to ask if their establishment will be closed, partially closed or open next Wednesday, due to the strike.

Out of the schools which have replied so far:

Blackshaw Moor First School will be OPEN.

Hollinsclough Primary School will be OPEN.

Churnet View Middle School in Leek will be OPEN.

Hutchinson Memorial First School in Checkley PARTIALLY CLOSED (Open for Owls Class only).

St Peter's First School in Alton will be CLOSED.

Painsley Catholic Academy in Cheadle will be OPEN.

Westwood College in Leek will be PARTIALLY CLOSED (Open for Years 11, 12 and 13 only).

Leek High School will be OPEN.

Speaking to the Post & Times today (Wednesday, March 26) headteacher at Westwood College, Richard Hey, said: “Westwood College will only be open to students of years 11, 12 and 13 on Wednesday, March 26 as a result of the industrial action being planned by The NUT.

“A significant number of teaching staff will be taking part in support of the union’s campaign against changes to teacher pensions and a range of factors affecting working conditions.

“As a result we will be unable to supervise all the students safely on site that day.

“The intention is to run as normal a programme as possible for those students who are working towards external examinations in the coming months and minimise any impact on their results.

“All staff not on strike will be in working in college on that day.

“Should the action be called off, we will of course be open as usual, but the latest signs are that the action is likely to take place.”

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