Teacher strike could force school closures

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Head teachers say they may be forced to close their schools next Wednesday because of a national teachers strike.

The strike is being organised on March 26 by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) over pay, pensions, jobs and workload.

It is not clear how many teachers in Scarborough, who are NUT members, will join the strike, but some head teachers are warning that, based on numbers who have taken part in industrial action in the past, closure is likely.

David Read, head teacher of Scalby School, said: “Each staff member will make their own decision as to what they do, but if we’re going to close I’ll be informing parents that they need to make alternative provisions.”

Meanwhile, Scarborough Sixth Form College Principal Marcus Towse said the college would remain open, albeit with some lessons cancelled.

In a letter to parents he said that students whose lessons had been cancelled would still be welcome to use the study facilities at the college.

The NUT in England and Wales will walk out after accusing Michael Gove, the education secretary, of persistently refusing to address their complaints.

The union has held a series of strikes since first balloting its members almost three years ago. See the Scarborough News website for regular updates on school closures.