Dozens of schools and thousands of pupils are set to be affected when Doncaster teachers represented by the NUT go on strike tomorrow over 'worsening' terms and conditions, funding cuts and standards of education.
In the first national day of action since 2014, Doncaster Council has confirmed that 17 schools will be closed tomorrow as a result of the strike action, that 18 will be partially open, 36 will remain completely open and 12 have not yet responded to the local education authority's request for information on whether they will be open tomorrow.
This story will be updated throughout the day as more information comes in, so please keep checking for more information on the expected school closures.
The Doncaster schools that have confirmed they will be closed tomorrow so far are:
- Mexborough Academy
- Ridgewood Academy
- Don Valley
The Doncaster schools that have confirmed they will be partially open are:
- Hayfield Academy - closed to years 9, 10, 11 and 13
- Danum Academy - closed to years 7 and 9
- Outwood Academy - closed to year 7
The Doncaster schools that have confirmed they will be open with 'slight changes to their timetable' are:
- Hall Cross Academy
- Rossington All Saints Academy
Commenting on tomorrow's strike, Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, 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. There is worse to come, with the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicting that the biggest real terms cuts to per pupil funding in a generation are on the way.
“There is already a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in our schools. Without significant change to the pay and working condition of teachers, this will simply deepen. We know that many parents share our concerns."