Teachers’ Strike

There was a national strike of teachers today. The two big unions, the NUT and the NASUWT joined forces to oppose the government’s cuts. Over three thousand schools closed across the country.
The march in London drew around fifteen thousand people. Not all were teachers. Parents and members of the public joined the march to protest their concern.
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The sun shone.
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Michael Gove naturally drew a great deal of the dissatisfaction felt by those in education.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
It would be fair to say there is little love lost between him and teachers.
There will be some who say the teachers were just enjoying a day off. However, it seems that although they will be docked a day’s pay, some teachers had already been into school to do some work. Whether the government will take any notice of today’s action is debatable, but certainly it was a chance for teachers to show solidarity and spend some time with colleagues from all over the capital. A welcome morale boost.
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14 thoughts on “Teachers’ Strike

  1. Thanks for supporting the teachers strike Isobel. Although I’m no longer teaching in the UK I really feel that Michael Gove is doing a massive disservice to teachers with his constantly changing goalposts.

    • Gove’s evident contempt or teachers and those at the DfE is very disturbing and bodes ill for state education in this country. The measures he introduces seem designed to produce an overall lower level of attainment, despite his protestations to the contrary.
      Perhaps he should try working in a school for a while and learn that pupils are people, not square pets to fit in his round holes, and that teachers are there to educate not to enforce government policy.

      • There was a petition going around for a while for him to teach for a term, obviously it was never going to actually happen but it was a nice idea from our point of view.

        • I find the edicts coming from the DfE very depressing and am glad I am no longer a frontline teacher. I agree with so few of the initiatives, and believe that many teachers are being asked to work in a way that is at odds with their professionalism.
          Ken Robinson is a rare patch of blue in this very grey sky, as Ted Wragg was too.

  2. While I understand the dissatisfaction among teachers (my mother works in a school and I have done so also) I can name at least eight families where the parents could not go to work because the had to look after their children. I’m sure if the union received invoices from the parents who lost a day’s pay they would feel far less inclined to strike.

    I know many say that they can justify the action, but in my opinion, a strike never makes a difference anyway and all you are harming is the children you are teaching. As I say, just my opinion, though one shared by many in my community

    ~ Amy

    • There will never be complete consensus about a strike, but I know of no teacher who takes the decision to strike lightly.
      I hope the families to whom you refer will appreciate that this one day is to protest about what is happening to their children’s education and with the future in mind. Perhaps they could lobby their MPs and speak out to show their concern too. That might help teachers in schools to be heard.
      If teachers invoiced parents for all the extra hours they do the bill would be enormous!

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