Teaching unions set to take strike action

From left, Ella Rose, five, Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13. The Sir William Dupree & Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament, taking place at Portsmouth High School in April, is aimed at young people of all ages.

CAPTION: From left, Ella and Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13.

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SCHOOLS will be forced to close because of teachers strikes, a leading headteacher has said.

Teachers from the country’s two largest unions will strike in the autumn over what they say is a ‘relentless attack on the teaching profession’ by the government.

Members of NASUWT and the NUT, which represent nine out of 10 teachers, have confirmed the next step in a co-ordinated campaign of industrial action.

Mike Smith, the headteacher of City of Portsmouth Boys School in Hilsea, and chairman of the Portsmouth Secondary Headteachers’ Association, said he is in ‘no doubt’ some schools will be forced to close.

‘If there is a national campaign then it will have an impact on almost every school. There will be closures, without any doubt,’ he said.

‘There will be some schools where the number of teachers left to run the place will be a fraction of what’s normal.’

Strike action will take place across the country in three phases, starting September 30 and ending with an all-out national strike at the end of the autumn term. Members of the unions are also currently involved in action short of strike action – a work-to-rule.

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