Teachers’ strike set to cause ‘chaos’

A file picture of a teachers' strike and protest in Portsmouth city centre last October
A file picture of a teachers' strike and protest in Portsmouth city centre last October
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The education of thousands of children will be disrupted as teachers strike today over conditions and ‘draconian’ changes to education.

Members of the National Union of Teachers plann to meet in front of Portsmouth’s Debenhams department store at midday to rally and march through Commercial Road.

The strike will be part of a nationwide effort aimed at forcing Education Secretary Michael Gove to the negotiating table.

NUT Portsmouth branch secretary Amanda Martin said she regretted the disruption to children’s routine, but that the strike was necessary.

She said: ‘It’s going to create chaos. It’s not something that we want to do but he’s not listening in any way.

Ms Martin said the decision to strike was ‘really tough’.

She said: ‘We don’t make our teachers go out on strike, they’re going to be losing a day’s pay but that’s how passionately they feel.

‘We’ve done our very best to negotiate and to discuss the issues with Mr Gove, but he won’t listen.’

Changes to the education system described as ‘draconian’ include letting schools change the length of the school day without consultation and allowing non-teachers to teach at some schools.

Teachers are also protesting over worsening pay and pension conditions.

The NASUWT, the UK’s largest teachers’ union, will not take part in the strike.

NASUWT Portsmouth secretary Sion Reynolds said: ‘We’re holding fire, really.’

Schools affected by the strike

Closed

Cumberland Infant, Southsea

Medina Primary, Cosham

Northern Parade Infant, Hilsea

Northern Parade Junior, Hilsea

St Jude’s C of E, Old Portsmouth

Stamshaw Junior, North End

Fairfield Infant, Havant

Riders Infant, Havant

Sharps Copse Primary, Havant

Sharps Corpse Nursery, Havant

Partially closed

Charles Dickens Primary, Buckland

City of Portsmouth Boys, Hilsea

Copnor Infant, Copnor

Corpus Christi Primary, North End

Craneswater Junior, Southsea

Langstone Junior, Copnor

Priory School, Southsea

Redwood Park, Cosham

Solent Junior, Drayton

St Paul’s Catholic Primary, Paulsgrove

St Swithun’s Catholic Primary, Southsea

Stamshaw Infant, North End

Westover Primary, Copnor

Wimborne Infant, Southsea

Open

Arundel Court Primary, Landport

Brune Park Community School, Gosport

College Park Infant, North End

Copnor Junior, Copnor

Cottage Grove Primary, Southsea

Devonshire Infant, Southsea

Fernhurst Junior, Southsea

Gatcombe Park Primary, Hilsea

Goldsmith Infant, Southsea

Highbury Primary, Cosham

Langstone Infant, Copnor

Manor Infant, Buckland

Mayfield, North End to Copnor

Meon Infant, Milton;

Meredith Infant, North End;

Moorings Way Infant, Milton

Newbridge Junior, Copnor;

Penhale Infant, Fratton;

Portsdown Primary, Cosham;

Solent Infant, Farlington;

St Edmund’s Catholic School, Landport

St George’s Beneficial Primary, Portsea

The Brambles Nursery, Southsea

The Willows, North End to Copnor

Wimborne Junior, Southsea

Havant college, Havant

Bosmere Junior, Havant

Barncroft Junior, Havant

Barncroft Infant Havant

Park Community, Havant

Warren Park Primary, Havant