Daventry schools close as teacher strike over pay

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Schools across the Daventry district have closed their gates today as part of the latest teaching strikes across the country.

The two largest teaching unions, the NUT and the NASUWT, are taking industrial action to protest against planned Government reforms of pay, pensions and education.

This action has effected several schools across Daventry including the Parker E-ACT Academy, Abbey Junior School and St James Infant School which are all closed.

The Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village is open to years 7 and years 11, 12 and 13 if they wish to attend. Years 8, 9 and 10 students were told they should not attend school as there are too few teachers in the senior and sixth form available to work and provide adequate supervision. On the DSLV website headteacher David Howell said: “I apologise that we are only able to partially open on this date and for the inconvenience that this national dispute will cause for parents and carers.”

Mr Howell is teaching classes himself all day.

Guilsborough school and Campion School are also part open.

At Falconers Hill Junior school staff provided breakfast for the children as a thank you for their attendance. Falconer’s Hill Infant school, The The Grange school is also open.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: “No teacher takes strike action lightly but the intransigence of this education secretary has left teachers with no choice.

“We cannot stand by and watch our profession be systematically attacked and undermined.

“There needs to be a change in the government’s attitude to teachers and education.”