Teachers’ strike shuts 46 Sheffield schools

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Thousands of Sheffield pupils will stay at home tomorrow due to one day strike action by the city’s two biggest teaching unions - with at least 46 schools to be closed altogether.

Only between 20 and 30 schools will be open as usual with the vast majority telling classes and whole year groups to stay at home.

Action is being taken by the NASUWT and the NUT over Government plans to change teachers’ pension schemes, put back retirement ages and abolish national pay bargaining deals.

It is the second one day stoppage in five months and is part of a rolling national programme of industrial action, this one affecting Yorkshire and the Midlands.

All the city’s secondaries will be affected, with schools closed including King Edward VII, Fir Vale, Westfield and Silverdale.

Most of the others are open only to older year groups, with schools including Firth Park, Hinde House and Yewlands asking only 15 and 16-year-olds to come in as normal.

Primary and special schools are most likely to be closed completely – the list includes Lydgate Juniors, Lydgate Infants, Gleadless Primary and Nook Lane.

Most schools cannot be sure how many staff will be coming in as teachers are not obliged to make their intentions known in advance.

As a result many headteachers have taken an advance decision based on a worst case scenario guided by health and safety issues.

One secondary head said: “Some union members may in the end come into work as usual but we cannot rely on that – we can’t risk having a situation where we have large numbers of students who are not being properly supervised.

“It is always a difficult decision to tell complete year groups to stay at home but at the same time we know parents want to know where they stand well in advance.”

Parents should have received letters from their schools with advice also going up on school websites.

The city council has also been seeking to collect as much advance information as possible on the situation city-wide.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “It is important parents and carers are aware of how this industrial action might affect the schools their children attend.

“Schools have committed to notifying parents and carers in writing if they are closing, or partially closing. If parents or carers are unsure of any information they should seek clarification from the schools their children attend.”

Sheffield is to be the venue for a major regional demonstration by teachers, with a rally being held in Barker’s Pool at 10am.

Teachers will march to Ponds Forge by 11am where union officers, parents and governors are all expected to speak.

CLOSED: Anns Grove Primary, Beck Primary, Birley Community College, Birley Spa Community Primary, Bradway Primary, Brightside Nursery and Infant, Concord Junior, Emmaus Catholic & CoE Primary, Gleadless Primary, Grenoside Community Primary, Halfway Junior, Hallam Primary, Heritage Park Community, Hillsborough Primary, Holgate Meadows Community Special, Intake Primary, King Edward VII, Lowedges Primary, Lydgate Infant, Lydgate Junior, Mosborough Primary, Netherthorpe Primary, Nook Lane Junior, Owler Brook Nursery Infants, Parson Cross Church of England Primary, Phillimore Community Primary, Pipworth Community Primary, Prince Edward Primary, Reignhead Primary, Royd Nursery and Infant, Springfield Primary, St Catherines Catholic Primary, Stocksbridge Junior, The Nether Edge Primary, The Rowan, Valley Park Community, Westfield, Westways Primary, Wincobank Nursery and Infant, Wisewood Community Primary, Woodseats Primary, Woodthorpe Primary, Woolley Wood, Wybourn Community Primary ,

PARTIALLY OPEN: Abbey Lane Primary, Acres Hill Primary, Angram Bank Primary, Arbourthorne Community Primary, Athelstan Primary, Ballifield Primary, Bankwood Community Primary, Beighton Infant and Nursery, Bents Green, Birley Community Primary, Bradfield Dungworth Primary, Brunswick Primary, Byron Wood Primary, Carfield Primary, Charnock Hall Primary, Coit Primary, Dobcroft Infant, Ecclesall Infant, Ecclesfield Primary, Ecclesfield, Dobcroft Junior, Dore Primary, Firs Hill Community Primary, Greenhill Primary, Greenlands Junior, Greenlands Nursery Infant, Greystones Primary, Forge Valley comunity, Handsworth Grange, High Green Primary, High Storrs, Holt House Infant, Hucklow Primary, Hunters Bar Infant, Hunters Bar Junior, Limpsfield Junior, Lower Meadow Primary, Lowfield Community Primary, Loxley Primary, Malin Bridge Primary, Manor Lodge Community Primary, Marlcliffe Community Primary, Meersbrook Bank Primary, Mossbrook, Mundella Primary, Nether Green Infant, Nether Green Junior, Newfield Secondary, Norfolk Community Primary, Norfolk Park, Oughtibridge Primary, Pye Bank CofE Primary, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Seven Hills, Sharrow Nursery - Infant and Junior, Sheffield Inclusion Centre, St Anns Catholic Primary, St John Fisher Catholic Primary, St Marys Catholic Primary High Green Primary, St Marys Cof E Primary, St Theresas Catholic Primary, St Thomas More Catholic Primary, Stannington Infant, Stocksbridge High, Stocksbridge Nursery and Infant, Stradbroke Primary, Talbot , Watercliffe Meadows Community Primary, Wharncliffe Side Primary, Whiteways Junior, Windmill Hill Primary, Woodhouse West Primary.

OPEN: Brook House Junior, Broomhall Nursery, Broomhill Infant, Clifford CofE Infant, Deepcar St Johns Church of England Junior, Ecclesall Cof E Junior, Emmanuel Anglican/Methodist Junior, Grace Owen Nursery, Halfway Nursery Infant, Norton Free Church of England Primary, Rainbow Forge Primary, Rivelin Primary, Shooters Grove Primary, Shortbrook Community Primary, Tinsley Junior, Tinsley Nursery Infant, Totley All Saints Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary, Totley Primary, Walkley Primary, Waterthorpe Infant.

NOT KNOWN: Carter Knowle Junior, The City.