Union's warning ahead of teaching strike

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


UPDATED 19:04*

THE targeting of schools by Ofsted has led to a climate of fear on the Isle of Wight, according to a teaching union ahead of tomorrow's (Wednesday) strike.

As teachers across the country prepare to strike over workload, bureaucracy and pay, the Isle of Wight branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) warned the Isle of Wight faced a recruitment crisis.

It said many schools were introducing pay policies that would make it harder to attract good teachers, while the use of unqualified teachers was increasing.

In December Ofsted described the Isle of Wight as the greatest challenge in the region, while in recent weeks redundancies have been announced at several schools.

An Isle of Wight NUT spokesman said: "On the Isle of Wight, the targeting of schools by Ofsted has introduced a climate of fear. With numerous teachers being forced to leave the profession early, the Island is sleepwalking into a teacher and headteacher recruitment crisis."

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said: "Teachers deeply regret the disruption caused by this strike action to parents and teachers. The government’s refusal, however, to engage to resolve the dispute means that we have no alternative other than to demonstrate the seriousness of our concerns.

"Teachers’ levels of workload are intolerable — the Government’s own survey, published last month, showed primary school teachers work nearly 60 hours a week and secondary school teachers work nearly 56 hours a week. Two in five teachers are leaving the profession in the first five years of teaching as are many others.

"This is bad for children and bad for education."

See below for a full list of how Isle of Wight schools will be affected. This will be updated with the latest information from the Isle of Wight Council.


Confirmed as open

All Saints

Arreton St George's


Chillerton and Rookley

Dover Park

Gatten and Lake


Holy Cross







St Francis

St Helens

St Saviour's





Partially open

Binstead - Endeavour Class and Challenger Class closed, all other classes open

Carisbrooke - Classes 1N and 2P closed - all the other year 1 and 2 classes open

Greenmount - Closed to children in Reception, Y2, Y3 and Y5 
Classes in Y1, Y4, Y6 and Resourced Provision open as normal 

Nettlestone - Year 4 closed - all other years open as normal  

Newchurch - Open for Years 4 and 5 only

Shalfleet - Open for all classes except Reception and Year 2

St Blasius - Reception and year 2 closed - all others year groups open as normal

St Mary's - Closed to years Reception, Y2, Y3 and Y5

St Thomas of Canterbury - Closed to years Y1, Y2, Y4, Y5 and Y6

The Bay - Classes open will be: RRB, 3SW, 3KB,  4JC, 6MP,  6RS,  6SJ

Weston Academy - Closed to Years Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5.  Years R/1 and 6 open as normal

Confirmed as closed


Nine Acres


Confirmed as open

Carisbrooke College

Cowes Enterprise College

Island Innovations Sixth Form Campus

Medina College

Partially open

Christ the King College - Closed to Year 7, all other year groups open.
*Ryde Academy - Open to Years 7, 8, 11 and Post 16 only
Sandown Bay Academy - Open to Years 7, 11, 12 and 13


Confirmed as open

Medina House School
St George's School 

Confirmed as open

Clatterford Tuition Centre
Thompson House Tuition Centre

Ryde School - open
Priory School - open

*Revised information from school.


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