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Jun 27 2011

Teachers Strike – no details on schools affected yet in Harrow

As we’ve heard today, members of some teaching unions are striking on Thursday.  In fact, the news has been pretty much everywhere today… except Harrow Council’s website. Given that affected parents will have only a day or two to arrange to use up holiday time from work, or calling in favours with friends or families, you may have though that Harrow would have joined other councils in publishing details of schools affected, yes? Anyway…

Radio 4 this morning ran an item, where Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that mothers and fathers of pupils could help break the strike. And as expected, and within almost minutes, the head of a teaching union called on parents not to help keep schools open during the planned teachers’ strike, saying they could put children “in danger”.

Mary Bousted, head of the normally moderate Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said well-meaning parents could do more harm than good if they volunteer to look after pupils while teachers take industrial action. It comes as Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, warned there could be further industrial action to come, saying: “There has to be a possibility of there being further industrial action.” He said teachers still wanted to avoid Thursday’s strike but only if the Government was prepared to offer concessions on the plan to make them work longer and pay more into pension schemes.

Meanwhile, should Harrow get its act in order, we’ll let you know which schools are affected as soon as we hear.

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