Strike teachers picket job loss school

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TEACHERS protesting over job losses at a South Yorkshire school walked out from classes and set up a picket line at the entrance.

Members of the National Union of Teachers took industrial action at Swinton Community School because they are unhappy with ‘restructuring’ and claims of financial mismanagement.

The strike is the second over the last month.

The first walkout resulted in closure of the school but it remained open during the latest protest. Headteacher David Pridding said 15 out of 67 teachers took action and that suitable cover had been arranged so lessons could continue.

He said the school had been working with teaching unions to resolve the issues and had cut the number of redundancies from eight to one.

“The only outstanding issue involves an NUT member who has been offered an alternative role within the school,” he said.

Ian Stevenson, Yorkshire and the Midlands NUT regional secretary, said: “It is extremely regrettable that children’s education is missed for these dates. We’ve asked Mr Pridding for another meeting next week. I’m hopeful that we might be able to come to a resolution.”