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Haringey schools to close as teachers go on strike
Schools across the borough will be shut tomorrow as teachers strike in a protest over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Teachers will join their colleagues from London in a mass walkout organised by England’s two biggest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT.
Preliminary figures suggest that 11 of the borough’s 55 schools will be closed and four will be partially closed, but Haringey Borough Council expects the figures to increase.
Under Government reforms due to come into effect in autumn, teachers’ pay will be linked to performance in classrooms and changes will be made to pensions.
The unions warned strike action could have been avoided had Education Secretary Michael Gove entered “meaningful talks” to resolve the dispute.
Bob Stapely, London NUT Regional Secretary, said: “Changes to pay and pensions will make teaching a less attractive profession, which is not in the long-term interests of teachers and children.
“No teacher takes strike action lightly, this is a last resort for teachers but the absolute refusal of the government to enter meaningful talks to resolve the dispute has left us with no choice.
“There needs to be a change in the Government’s attitude to teachers and education. The NUT and NASUWT continue to seek talks with the education secretary.
“There can be no doubt about the feeling of upset and anger amongst teachers about the continual undermining of their profession. It really is time that Government listened.”
A Department of Education spokesman said: "It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the Government's measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more.
"All strikes will do is disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."
The primary schools who will be closed tomorrow include Belmont Infants, Ferry Lane, Muswell Hill, Rhodes Avenue, St Mary’s RC, St Michael’s, Weston Park and Willow Primary School.
Coldfall Primary School will be partially closed.
The Brook Special School will be completely closed but Vale Special School’s secondary sites will be open.
Secondary schools expected to close tomorrow include Fortismere and Gladesmore schools.
Hornsey and Northumberland Park schools will be partially open.
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