Teachers’ strike closes schools

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Many schools across Scarborough are closed todday as teachers in the NUT union join a national strike over a range of issues including pay, pensions, conditions and funding.

Both primary and secondary schools across the borough are affected, however some remained partially open.

Scalby School head teacher David Read said closing his school was not a decision he had taken lightly.

He said: “Because of the numbers of teachers involved we cannot accommodate students in an educational and meaningful and safe setting. Every time there’s a strike families and children lose out, But the unions will say it’s the government that’s doing the damage. It’s a ping pong argument.”

Filey School is among those to remain partuially open - for year 11 students who have GCSE exams coming up in the summer. However Filey Junior School and Filey CofE Nursey and Infant school are closed. Scarborough’s Overdale and Snainton primaries are among other schools closed.

Meanwhile, parents have criticised the striking teachers. One parent posted on the Scarborough News website: “You obviously are unaware of childcare costs or the loss of earnings which come with having to take time off work...Most of us don’t get the luxuries that teachers get such as holidays, pay and working hours.”

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire County Council said the following list of schools were closed: Filey Church of England Voluntary Controlled Nursery and Infant School, Filey Junior School, Gladstone Road Infants School, Scalby School, Overdale Community Primary School, Snainton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School.

Schools which are partially open are: Northstead Community Primary, Sherburn High School, St George’s Roman Catholic Primary, St Peter’s Roman Catholic Primary, Filey School, Gladstone Road Junior School, Hunmanby Primary School. Lindhead School