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Teachers strike over appraisals

NDET 27-11-12 RKH 1 Staff and Union representatives protest outside Dunston Primary school

NDET 27-11-12 RKH 1 Staff and Union representatives protest outside Dunston Primary school

A union chief has warned of further industrial action after schoolteachers staged a two-day strike over a controversial appraisal policy.

Seven members of teaching union the NASUWT walked out of Dunston Primary School on Tuesday and Wednesday over what they claim is the “intrusive and unnecessary” monitoring of teachers.

Earlier this year the Government introduced new regulations enabling schools to carry out longer classroom observations.

Dave Wilkinson, from the NASUWT’s Derbyshire branch, said: “The strike action has come about because of this appraisal policy which is intrusive, unnecessary and detracts teachers from teaching and raising standards.

“The strike was completely solid.”

Mr Wilkinson added that more action could take place if further talks break down.

Paul Burgess, headteacher of Dunston Primary School, said he supported the Government’s new guidelines and added they were in the interests of pupils and teachers.

He said the school would hold talks with the NASUWT and union members in a bid to prevent any further strike action. A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We met with union representatives and the school on Monday to try to help them resolve the situation.

“The school put measures in place to minimise disruption to pupils’ work and contacted parents to update them.

“We’re continuing to work with the school and union to do everything possible to support them in reaching a solution to prevent further strike action,” added the spokesman.

 

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