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.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS


Confirmed as open

All Saints

Arreton St George's
Bembridge

Brading
Brighstone
Broadlea

Chillerton and Rookley
Cowes

Dover Park

Gatten and Lake
Godshill.
Gurnard

Haylands

Holy Cross

Hunnyhill

Lanesend
Newport

Niton

Northwood

Oakfield

Queensgate

St Francis

St Helens

St Saviour's

Summerfields

Wootton

Wroxall

Yarmouth


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


Barton

Nine Acres



SECONDARY SCHOOLS


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

SPECIAL SCHOOLS


Confirmed as open


Medina House School
St George's School 



REFERRAL UNITS/TUITION CENTRES
Confirmed as open


Clatterford Tuition Centre
Thompson House Tuition Centre



PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Ryde School - open
Priory School - open


*Revised information from school.

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