Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Warning over impact of Cumbrian school strike

A union leader has warned schools across Cumbria to brace themselves for the impact of a walkout by teachers tomorrow.

Alan Rutter photo
Alan Rutter

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), which has 3,000 members in Cumbria, is taking action nationally in the strike provoked by a dispute between the Government and the NUT.

Alan Rutter, chairman of the Cumbria branch, said: “I can’t give precise figures but every day I am getting quite a lot of details from members about those taking part”

However, the full impact of the action will not be known until Wednesday morning.

Earlier this month the Government published results of its long-awaited 2013 Teachers’ Workload Diary Survey, which surveyed 1,000 teachers and found on average teachers report working more than 50 hours per week – 12 hours more than what might be regarded as a normal working week – with headteachers clocking up more than 60.

Heads spend around half of this time on school and staffing management while classroom teachers spend at least three-quarters of the extra on planning, preparation and assessment.

The following schools will be affected by the strike action:

  • All Saints', Cockermouth: partial closure in years 1, 3, 4 and 6. The rest of the school will be open as usual.
  • Arnside National CoE
  • Barrow Island primary, Barrow
  • Beaconside Church of England primary, Penrith
  • Bram Longstaffe nursery, Barrow (open for already booked ongoing childcare hours)
  • Bridekirk Dovenby CofE primary: partial closure: open to year 6
  • Caldew School, Dalston: closed for years 7, 8, 9 and 10 pupils. Year 11, 12 and 13 pupils should be in school as normal
  • Cartmel CE primary
  • Chapel Street Infants & Nursery School, Dalton
  • Cockermouth School: partial closure
  • Crosscrake CofE Primary, Kendal
  • Dean Gibson, Kendal
  • Derwent Vale School and Nursery, Great Clifton
  • Dowdales School, Dalton: partial closure: open only for Year 11 pupils for lessons and revision sessions
  • Ewanrigg junior, Maryport
  • Flimby primary: open to year 6 only
  • Frizington Community prmary
  • Furness Academy, Barrow
  • Gosforth CofE School, Seascale
  • Hensingham primary, Whitehaven
  • Hindpool nursery, Barrow
  • Holme Community School, Carnforth
  • Inglewood juniors, Carlisle
  • James Rennie, Carlisle: partial closure; eight classes remaining open
  • Jericho, Whitehaven
  • John Ruskin School: partial closure: Year 10 and Year 11 in school
  • Kendal nursery, Kendal
  • The Lakes School: open only to Years 10 and 11 and sixth form
  • Leven Valley CE primary: partial closure: closed for class one and three
  • Milburn, Penrith
  • Millom Infant School
  • Montreal CofE primary, Cleator Moor
  • Nelson Thomlinson, Wigton: partial closure
  • Newbarns primary, Barrow
  • Newman, Carlisle: partial closure
  • North Walney primary, Barrow
  • Northside primary, Workington
  • Ormsgill primary, Barrow
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Penrith: partial closure
  • Robert Ferguson, Carlisle
  • Sacred Heart primary: partial closure
  • Sandgate School, Kendal
  • Seaton CofE Junior School, Seaton, nr Workington
  • South Walney infant and nursery, Barrow
  • South Walney junior, Barrow
  • Southfield Technology College, Workington: partial closure: open for years 11, 12, 13
  • St Begh's Catholic junior, Whitehaven
  • St Benedict's Catholic High School, Whitehaven
  • St Bernard's Catholic High School, Barrow: closed for years 7 and 8 only. Open for years 9, 10 and 11.
  • St George's CE primary
  • St James' Catholic primary
  • St James CE junior: partial closure
  • St Oswald's primary, Kendal
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary, Cleator Moor
  • St Pius X Catholic primary: partial closure: closed to reception class, Years Two and Six all day and Year Three in afternoon
  • Temple Sowerby CoE primary
  • Trinity, Carlisle: partial closure
  • Ulverston Victoria High School: partial closure: open only for Year 11 and sixth form pupils
  • Valley primary and nursery, Whitehaven
  • Victoria Infant and Nursery School: partial closure: closed to reception class eight
  • Walney School: partial closure: open for Year 10 and 11 pupils; Year 9 pupils and their parents can attend the school’s Innovation Centre to discuss GCSE choices
  • West Lakes Academy, Egremont: partial closure
  • William Howard, Brampton: partial closure



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