Sheffield teachers taking action over pay

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TEACHERS across Sheffield are set to take action short of a strike this month in protest at pay and working conditions.

From September 26, teachers at both primary and secondary schools will stop some additional work - varying between types of schools but including mock inspections and extra meetings.

Union leaders say the action will not disrupt the education of children in any way and is to stop teachers being overworked and overburdened with bureacracy.

Ben Morris, joint divisional secretary at Sheffield National Union of Teachers, said one teacher had complained about working from 7.30am to as late as 2am on weekdays and 9am to 11pm on Sundays - but still being unable to complete his workload.

Other teachers have reported struggling with their health, severe stress and even finding time to see their own children.

Mr Morris said: “This has got to stop.

“I think the Government does not fully realise the effect of decisions made in Whitehall and what this comes down to in schools.”

A national ballot by members of the NUT, and fellow union NASUWT, which both represent 85 per cent of teachers, has led to the action.

It is to continue indefinitely.