By Tristan Harris Wednesday 25 September 2013 Updated: 25/09 13:47
SCHOOLS across Redditch borough will be closed or partially closed on Tuesday (October 1) because of a strike by teaching staff.
Batchley First, Oak Hill First, Roman Way First, St Bede's, St Stephen's First, Crown Meadow First and Nursery, Birchensale Middle, Ridgeway Middle, Walkwood Middle and Kingsley College will be among those affected by industrial action.
There will be full strikes at Batchley, Roman Way, St Bede's, Ridgeway and Walkwood.
Crown Meadow is open to reception classes only. Oak Hill is open for the following classes - RB, 3W, 3C, 4R and 4E. School is closed for nursery, RM, RJ, 1J, 1S, 1A, 2C, 2T, 2H, 3J and 4C.
At St Stephen's, year three and reception class will be closed due to strike action, all other classes remain open.
At Birchensale, school is open to years five and six only. School is closed to years seven and eight.
Kingsley College will be closed for students in years nine, ten and 11, but open for students in years 12 and 13. Year 11 students will be invited into school to attend revision sessions between 8.50am and 2.00pm.
The action comes as the two largest teacher unions, the NASUWT and the NUT, which represent nine of ten teachers nationwide, undertake their Protect Teachers and Defend Education campaign.
On their websites, the unions stated on that day teachers would be attending a series of regional rallies to demonstrate their anger, frustration and concern after the 'continued refusal of the Secretary of State to genuinely engage with the NUT and the NASUWT to seek to resolve trade disputes with him'.
Christine Blower, the NUT's general secretary, said: “At the start of the new academic year, the last thing teachers wish to be doing is preparing for further industrial action.
"It is a great shame that the Education Secretary has let things get to this stage.
“With pay pensions and working conditions being systematically attacked and an Education Secretary who refuses to listen or negotiate teachers now however have no other choice.
“Michael Gove has demoralised an entire profession, it is time that he started to listen for the sake of teachers, pupils and education.”
Chris Keates, the NASUWT's general secretary, said: “The attacks on teachers are relentless.
“The reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment has been a vicious assault on their pay, conditions and professionalism.
“Teachers will be angered by the recklessness of the Secretary of State’s continuing failure to take seriously their concerns and engage in genuine discussions to address them.”
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