More teacher strikes possible in north Kent, says Gravesend NUT member

Strikers in London last Wednesday.

Strikers in London last Wednesday.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

More teacher strikes could be in the offing in north Kent, one union member has warned.

Thousands of schools across England and Wales faced disruption on March 26 as members of the National Union of Teachers staged a one-day national walkout.

Across Kent 64 schools were closed or partially closed, according to the latest figures available to Kent County Council.

These include St John's Catholic Primary School in Gravesend, which was fully closed, and partial closures at five other schools in Dartford and four in Gravesend.

Lewis Doig is general secretary for the Gravesham Association of the NUT and an infant class teacher at Sedley’s Church of England Primary School in Southfleet.

He joined a gathering of more than 11,000 protesters in central London.

Mr Doig told News Shopper: "From an NUT point of view there’s a possibility of more strikes.

"A lot of Gravesham schools have been turned into academies.

"It does seem the attitude is to do that and then the problems will be dealt with but a lot of it is just window dressing.

"It is totally understandable if parents are annoyed but I would flip it and say people need to know those who are teaching their children are in a state of total and utter fatigue.

"They are completely run down, de-motivated and at breaking point."

Changes to pay, pensions and workload were the focus of the strike, along with what Mr Doig called "a lot of bureaucratic nonsense" frustrating teachers in terms of planning, marking and assessments.

A Department of Education statement said: "Despite constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT took action that disrupted parents' lives, held back children's education and damaged the reputation of the profession."

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2:51pm Wed 2 Apr 14

kentlad says...

P@~s take..... schools fine parents for taking their kids out of school early for cheaper holidays and most working people get around 20-25 days holiday per year yet its ok for teachers to strike as and when they please within school term time yet they get over two months a year off!!!

If childrens education is so important to the local schools and government then why dont they have their meetings within half term holidays so childrens education is not affected?

One rule for one and one for another.............
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P@~s take..... schools fine parents for taking their kids out of school early for cheaper holidays and most working people get around 20-25 days holiday per year yet its ok for teachers to strike as and when they please within school term time yet they get over two months a year off!!! If childrens education is so important to the local schools and government then why dont they have their meetings within half term holidays so childrens education is not affected? One rule for one and one for another............. .... kentlad
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3:07am Thu 3 Apr 14

Jack tibet says...

Me Lewis Doig he must be the worst teacher in the UK
He shouts at the kids and he is stuck in the Victorian times
And Sedleys should have been shut down years & years ago
They have there own rule book there and you need to boom up 1 year
In advance to see the head
Doig the Top Dog Of Nut suites him
Me Lewis Doig he must be the worst teacher in the UK He shouts at the kids and he is stuck in the Victorian times And Sedleys should have been shut down years & years ago They have there own rule book there and you need to boom up 1 year In advance to see the head Doig the Top Dog Of Nut suites him Jack tibet
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