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Teacher strike set for tomorrow [Tuesday]

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Walkout planned over pay and conditions

Parents across West Berkshire are bracing for disruption tomorrow [Tuesday] ahead of a planned 24-hour teacher walkout.

Last month, the National Union of Teachers voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action to protect pay and working conditions.

A full day of strike action will take place for union members tomorrow demanding increased funding to schools, a guarantee for terms and conditions, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to address workload issues.

Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers Kevin Courtney said: “The NUT is not taking action lightly.

“In light of the huge funding cuts to schools, worsening terms and conditions, and unmanageable and exhausting workloads, teachers cannot be expected to go on without significant change.

“The effects on children’s education are also real and damaging.

“As a result of school funding cuts, class sizes in primary and secondary schools are increasing, subject choices are being cut, and children are getting less individual attention as teachers and support staff are made redundant or not replaced when they leave.”

He added: “There is already a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in our schools.

“Without significant change to the pay and working conditions of teachers, this will simply deepen. We know that many parents share our concerns.”

Are you affected by the strike? Get in touch and let us know in the comments or at william.walker@newburynews.co.uk

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