Teachers In England Vote For Strike Action In July

Teachers In England To Strike
23 June 2016

According to various news reports, teachers in England are set to strike on July 5th.

The strike is about pay and conditions and comes after members of the National Union of Teachers voted 91.7% for strike action to protect pay + conditions.

Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said the NUT was not taking action lightly but that teachers "cannot be expected to go on without significant change" in the light of "huge funding cuts to schools, worsening terms and conditions, and unmanageable and exhausting workloads".

He added:

"There is already a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in our schools. Without significant change to the pay and working condition of teachers, this will simply deepen. We know that many parents share our concerns."

"At the absolute minimum, schools urgently need extra funding to meet the additional costs Government has put on them through increased National Insurance and pension payments. This amounts to a 5% charge on the teachers' pay bill for schools. George Osborne is freezing the cash per pupil he gives to schools, whilst increasing what he takes from them. For every 20 teachers employed, a school has to find an extra teacher salary to give to the Treasury. There needs to be a guarantee of good standards for teachers' terms and conditions across the board, in all schools. School leaders' attention should be on educating children, not squandering huge amounts of time on negotiating individual staff members' contracts."

How will the proposed strike affect you? Are you a teacher in favour of strike action? We'd love to hear your views on this topic - leave us a comment below or join the conversation over on our Facebook page.

140 comments

  • Penny B.

    Ffs, who's going to pay my wage while I have to take a day off so they can strike?!

    • Andrea B.

      Are you kidding on :rage:How bloody selfish are you :rage::rage:

    • Nadine N.

      To be honest a lot of parents will be saying the same thing. Not everyone is able to take the time off, have no childcare around, so no its not selfish it's realistic. For some people every days wage is important

    • Michelle R.

      Teachers don't get paid when they strike and because it's only one union, depending of the membership in that school it might not be closed

    • Penny B.

      Selfish?! Excuse me, if I have 3 days off for any reason in a year I stand to loose my job. I am well aware that in the winter one or both of my kids will be ill. They do not coincide their illnesses with weekends sadly so I would have to take time off if my in laws cannot help. I do apologise that my children and my job are more important than a teacher who earns 4-6 times the amount I do. I am so sorry you find it selfish that a striking teacher effects 30 kids at a time, and I am so sorry you find it selfish that many if us have jobs to pay bills. How terribly selfish of me to earn money to put a damn roof over our heads and food on our tables.

    • Samantha L.

      Teachers aren't childminders ... Teachers also have bills and are paid the equivalent of £2.34 an hour because of the hours they work. Therefore they are not selfish to want better pay and conditions.

    • Lisa L.

      It's ignorance like this that lets the government walk all over public services! If it's not education it's the NHS. We can't have our cake and eat it as a nation. We want better education/ health care but refuse to support those who provide it. Ridiculous!!

  • Sam K.

    Completely back the teachers. Got two kids in school. Will happily have them at home for the day whilst teachers strike.

  • Debbie L.

    Not in Scotland it's not lol, kids come off end of June :blush:

  • Toni B.

    And they are moaning about people taking there kids out of school for holiday and charging people. Education can't be that important to them!

    • Sam K.

      It's not teachers who fine it's local government.

    • Gemma P.

      Government need to crack down on the teachers then. Maybe chuck a fine there way :blush:

    • Toni B.

      Teachers don't get fined for the time off though do they. They took the job accepting the wages of they where not happy with it then they shouldn't of took the job.

    • Victoria T.

      The National Union of Teachers voted against fining people for term time holidays. So no 'they' are not moaning about parents taking children on holiday in term time. They are in support of it.

    • Donna L.

      Well teachers who strike won't get paid. Pay and conditions have changed massively since many teachers joined too. I'm not even in the NUT so won't be on strike but I still support it. Children are the most precious thing to most people - why would you want your child's teacher to be exhausted and stressed with continuous changes to their working conditions, many of which are just a waste of time and taking the teacher's time and energy away from your children when they spend 5 days a week educating your children?

    • Samantha K.

      My sons head had a right go at me for taking him out of school. Made me feel so small like I was one of his pupils, needless to say I still took him out, I am currently awaiting the fine.

    • Donna L.

      I want my two children to have a happy teacher who is full of energy...just saying!

    • Toni B.

      It's not to do with conditions though is it. If it was wages wouldn't come into it. If it's to do with condition then maybe I might understand more but it always comes down to money. If they are not happy with the amount they get paid look for another job like everyone else has to. They took on the job happy with the wage. Everyone wants more than they currently get but most of us in a normal job role deal with it. Work is stressful in general doesn't mean to say we should get paid more for it.

    • Laura B.

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    • Laura B.

      It's not about the amount of money! It's about the fact that if your child is a lazy oik and fails their GCSE's then the teacher can be put down the pay scale. No matter how many after school, weekend and holiday sessions they run. For no extra money.

    • Laura B.

      And that's not the only point. They want to stop the back door privatisation of education from this ridiculous government. So your child's education doesn't suffer and they get a full rounded schooling.

    • Toni B.

      Just read the strike is about pay and conditions. Not all children fail because they are lazy. I failed my GCSEs due to my teachers not picking up the fact I had Dyslexia. This was picked up when I went for a nvq after leaving school. Children can't always be to blame!

    • Laura M.

      Facepalm for Toni! Because the strike isn't at all about for what's best for the children either!

    • Toni B.

      I don't no what all teachers get but I no what my brother earns from the school he works at! It's not just teachers that do this lots of people work through there lunch breaks my husband does almost on a daily basis and he works as a mechanic. I also working in sales have worked through my lunch break. I'm not saying there job isn't hard as I wouldn't do it but they need to strike for the right reasons and stop involving money! We all want more money but it doesn't work like that

    • Jenny L.

      money has to be included as it goes hand in hand with conditions - the policy is called pay and conditions.

    • Kerry D.

      Toni Bamber sorry but that's nonsense. I took on the job seventeen years ago and signed a contract which has suddenly become invalid. I have had a 1% pay rise in the last five years while inflation has averaged 4%. My pension has been decimated to the extent that I will have to work 7 years longer, pay more and get less - I will lose 400,000 over the course of my working life. In the meantime, class sizes are going up, workload has increased exponentially and my time is taken up with admin instead of teaching and supporting children. We are constrained by absurd red tape and are literally working ourselves into the ground. Even the very best schools can't recruit staff and many are struggling to retain the staff they have. So do you want your children taught by unqualified or inexperienced teachers, or by teachers who have burnt out and are suffering from stress, depression and other mental health issues?

    • Claire J.

      they don't get fined....they don't get paid?

    • Toni B.

      The point is every one gets minimum wage or more. If you haven't had a pay rise in 5 years your lucky enough to be earning more than most over the last 5 years. Yes I'm not saying you don't work hard and don't deserve the pay you get I'm just saying we all do our bit in working life and most of us are worse off than teachers. It's not just your working life that's stressful and exhausting lots of people are in the same boat we can't all strike and expect more money I agree with the conditions might be a problem my problem is the moan about pay.

    • Toni B.

      They don't get paid because it's there choice to strike so they shouldn't get paid. Family members have to take days off to cover these strikes and a lot of these people are on less money and doing just as stressful jobs! We all have our views and it's how I feel we can talk about this for ever it's not going to change how we all feel but my view still stands!

    • Claire J.

      I'm not a teacher but if you knew all of the things they had to do outside of their daily teaching duties you'd see on an hourly basis most don't even get minimum wage or any amount of work life balance. Everyone's entitled to their opinion.

    • Kimberley L.

      Strikes are always done because of 'pay and conditions' because that is the only legal reason teachers are allowed to strike. However, trust me when I say the issues go FAR beyond pay, and whilst pay for some will (rightly) be a deciding factor, for many it is way down the list of reasons for striking.

    • Jennifer H.

      Kerry Dixon totally agree as a teacher of 20 years. more gutted about cuts to my pension than my current pay. I haven't left teaching because I still care about the children I teach.

  • Donna L.

    Teachers don't charge people for taking holidays, absolutely nothing to do with us.

  • Linda J.

    Again I completely agree with the teachers but and luckily it's my day off but it doesn't seem right that they can pull a strike day whenever they like yet when I asked to take them out early to go on holiday I was refused and they said it would be unauthorised absence and it does effect their learning why not use a teacher training day to strike they have plenty of them

    • Laura B.

      I'm glad you see teachers side but just to respond to your other points. 1) teachers do not make the rules or fines it's the government, if they are not followed the school gets in trouble. 2) would you rather your children are taught by untrained teachers? Training days are much needed, especially with the government changing things every 5minutes. They have 5 a year.

    • Paula A.

      our school is depending on the head masters decision school up the road don't fine unless they have bad attendance

    • Linda J.

      Yes fair enough it's the governments fault for a lot of things but surely they could plan it better as I have children whom struggle with their work anyway

    • Linda J.

      Funny teacher training every time they have teacher training days I see them in the supermarkets

    • Lyndsey B.

      Sometimes they add them before or after holidays to make them cheaper for those who prefer to go away. We stay till 6pm to make up the hours (we do 3 of these to make up the 6 hrs) x

    • Fiona S.

      I've never left school on training day apart from at lunch time. I don't know any teachers that would go to the supermarket on a training day.

  • Helen P.

    This is a genuine question so I don't want any back biting but do these strikes actually make any difference?

    • Victoria T.

      Just curious. Did you say the same about the doctors strike? Or the firefighters? But in answer to your question, yes, strike action does make a difference.

    • Helen P.

      I probably did, I always think this about strikes.It's just seems that they all seem to strike about the same things which makes me wonder if you are listened too?

    • Kelly C.

      Helen Place I think it's just blackmail

    • Victoria S.

      As a teacher I don't feel they do - nothing's changed. I think it's frustration that makes the majority do it.

  • Beverley R.

    That's sports day cancelled then!

  • Samantha K.

    Will this be teachers at academies too?

    • Samantha K.

      Thanks

  • Victoria T.

    Teachers work bloody hard and often for free. When they are coming in during holidays and on weekends to offer kids extra help they don't get paid extra. When they are sat with a pile of marking when they should be spending time with their own kids they're not being paid for that. Bigger classes to teach, bigger cuts to their budget. Bigger expectations from everyone. They didn't sign up for that and we should support the educators not the establishment making their job increasingly difficult.

    • Penny B.

      Thing is, the newer teachers KNEW classes were getting bigger, and expectations higher etc. So why strike when they knew this was going to happen? Last strike day only one teacher at our school striked. Not the one about to retire, or the ones who's been teaching for 5, 10, 20 odd years. No. The newly qualified teacher of a reception class went on strike the day after they started full days. Talk about confusing the kids! If you can tell me why she had a right to strike, yet the more experienced ones didn't then I am all ears. I have the deepest respect for all teachers at our school, so when they refuse to strike I know they cant be in the wrong

  • Kelly C.

    That's it ruin the poor kids sport days of summer trips , yea really putting the kids 1st!

    • Saath

      would you rather they strike during Christmas festivities? Or maybe just before SATs? Or on the days when teachers stay at work until 9pm for parents evening? Or how about the residential school trip or the Saturday for summer fayre (all without extra pay shall I add) Or on a Monday would that be inconvenient too? A strike is a strike! Causing inconvenience makes a point! Doctors strikes cancelled some appointments too - inconvenient? Yes - that's what happens! 

  • Maria B.

    What .. Before August when the kids break up

  • Kelly A.

    100% behind teachers all the way. What they are put through and the hours they work are ridiculous. More and more are leaving but if they all leave who will there be to teach our children. They see our kids more than we do during the week. They shape our children and look after them and protect them. They are a huge part of how our children will grow up. So I don't get why people are so anti teachers. Don't you want your child to be taught by the best they can be. Rather than a teacher who is stressed exhausted and had enough?

  • Louise R.

    Already had strikes by the TA's all day last Thursday and every lunchtime this week 12-1pm - it's been a right pain!!! Luckily I have a wonderful Mum to help me out. I'm all for the reason behind strikes but why not do all the lunch time strikes in one day??

  • Angela H.

    100% support from me :thumbsup:

  • Paula A.

    Great

  • Hayley L.

    It's not all teachers, it is only teachers in one Union - the NUT. It will depend which Union your child's teacher is in as to whether they will be in or not.

  • Sarah E.

    I will ensure to invoice my council for the extra childminding fees it'll cost me! Oh no I forgot it's a one way street I would get fined not them, silly me :rage:

    • Angela J.

      Education is not free chilcare....

    • Sarah E.

      Didn't say it was, so what I should stay at home just incase teachers decide to strike, I'll not work, provide food, clothes and a roof over my children's head just incase they can't go to school? I will teach them to have no work ethic and let the state pay for everything? Or how about I carry on working paying my taxes and showing them how to succeed in life? But on that day lets hope that some employers are happy for 80% of working mums that have to take the day off (without pay).

    • Joanne C.

      They are striking to protest against the changes to education that the government are introducing, so it's in your children's interest to support them. All the evidence suggests that children's mental health has been adversely affected by the introduction of SATs, there is reduced funding for schools meaning class sizes are bigger so less time per pupil, the threat of forced acadamisation meaning that your school may be taken over by an academy trust which has not been proven to raise standards in any way, the list is endless.

    • Sarah E.

      Well that's too late for my children as all the schools in my area are already academy's, to be honest my initial comment wasn't actually at the school or the teachers and their reasons for striking my grievance is with the council for having the nerve to fine parents when we want to take them out of school, but unfortunately people are not able to make comments without someone making an unnecessary comments back.

    • Angela J.

      Local councils are not striking, teachers are to support our children. They are striking against unfair and ineffective assessment systems and the government's wish to teach children at unrealistic 'age expectations' rather than ensuring they are accessing personalised learning to help them achieve their personal potential. They are against the shift from developing the whole child and fostering a love for learning. A large majority of people are happy to fight tooth and nail and support NHS strikes but not education because apparently a days 'childcare' is far more important than their childrens education and future!?!

    • Safia K.

      Sarah why don't you rant at your council.? It's pointless ranting on here because you agreed with the reason for the strike but your not happy if the parents take kids out and the council fines you. They are completely 2 different subjects! GCSE are changing to something else next year and it's very harder, the government has cut funding for TAs and SENCO staff, the school budget has been cut for school resources meaning school has to raise more funds from parents, they expect a teacher to look after 30 kids on their own, and at the same time they plan and prepare work so who is going to look after class in between? Im sorry but every single school is suffering, not 1or 2 but all! So I don't blame the teachers for striking. Im sure you will manage for 1day!

  • Peter T.

    Oh..that time of year again is it..

  • Lynn C.

    Tracey Mom!! Thats funny

  • Sarah W.

    100% behind the teachers, they do a bloody amazing job , work very long hours and I appreciate them so much ! If there's anything I can do to support them I will , it's one extra day of having YOUR kids and in the long run this will benefit everyone all round if they can get these conditions changed !

  • Marianne M.

    I fully support them. These people spend a lot of time nurturing and developing your children. They play such an important role in every childs life. It's a job i couldn't do. I have the utmost respect for them. :thumbsup:

  • Kath A.

    I am not a teacher but work in a school, I see how hard teachers work on a daily basis not only in the hours they spend actually teaching but the endless list of other things they have to do during breaks, dinners, hours after school, weekends and holidays. Support them 100% :thumbsup_tone1:

  • Stacey T.

    are teachers at wilsden striking?

  • Safia K.

    the government has partly stopped funding schools, they don't want any teacher assistants either and they want to stop funding for Sen children . How the hell do they expect 1 teacher to teach 30 kids, then mark and prepare work. So good on the teachers for the stike. If junior doctors can do it so can anyone else :smiley::smiley:

  • Claire R.

    This is ONLY the NUT. A lot of teachers, like myself, belong to other unions that have not balloted for strike action.

  • Karen G.

    My son is off, it's inconvenient, but I'm 100% behind the teachers.

  • Stacy R.

    I say fair play to them. Teachers don't get paid enough for the hours they put in. It's not just the time in class, it's the huge workload they have to take home to do out with working hours too.

    Then again, I'm in Scotland and our holidays started last week so it doesn't affect us anyway.

  • Sarah W.

    It's very inconvenient as a single working mother.

    • Jenny R.

      Sorting out 1 days of child care people don't realise how inconvenient it really is! I feel for u Hun x

  • Gill J.

    I got my son dressed half asleep...:joy:

  • Lou V.

    Absolutely love that my children are home with me for an additional day!!! And fully back the teachers.

  • Hazel R.

    Love a day off when we don't have to rush...and work can be re arranged.

  • Kirsty J.

    Love having my kids at home they love it too

  • Lyndsay C.

    It's great to get a day off. No rushing and most important time spent together. They grow up so fast. Fully back the teachers and what they fight for.

  • Jenny R.

    Mines at school no stupid strike for us

    • Melissa A.

      What makes it stupid?

  • Gemma W.

    My kids have both gone to school as normal :neutral_face:

  • Union_r3p

    The idiots who kept saying they don't get paid are wrong and are providing false impressions. 

    The NUT provide payment for days of action like every other Union!! 

    And everybody has to go through harder pay and conditions,  I work a 15 hour day every day to keep on top of my job........ Suck it up

  • Victoria S.

    My sons at school no problem :grinning:

  • Union_r3p

    And for those saying about the fine,  theocal authority send the fine on the instruction of the school,  so it is the school that  indirectly that fine you

    • Union_r3p

      *the local

  • Angela B.

    Im a stay at home mum of 3 (hubby works) my childrens school is only partially closed today. My older 2 should be in school but i gave them the choice of going to school or staying at home. They thought about it for a little while and decided they would like to stay at home. I do NOT agree with the teachers strike. The unions are actively in talks with Nicky Morgan and as far as im aware there has been no break down in talks. Only 25% of teachers actually voted to strike which to me says the union has gone against the majority of ts members. Teachers should make better use of the half term and summer hols to make better lesson plans (before anyone starts screaming at me for this comment if teachers were honest alot of them leave it while last minuet to do marking/planing etc..). Im not saying they should work all the way through all the holidays just use them more productively. I don't like that the budgets for schools have been frozen but i think the teachers unions are using this as a smoke screen and what the strike is really about is about pay and pensions again! The government is very clearly not going to shift on this one so get back to class!

    • Nathan L.

      I'm sorry but I totally disagree! The only time that happens is when they have been busy with their own families! Or had you forgotten that they may have children of their own who don't get time with mum or dad as they are marking late into the evening. Also planning have you ever written a scheme of work and tried to aim it at multiple abilities? Teachers work hard and have the interests of your child at heart. Oh and before you say it I'm not a teacher

    • Melissa A.

      What a ridiculously ignorant comment! You believe all teachers leave planning until last minute? If only you could be a fly on the wall in a teachers home. They spend every minute planning, marking and assessing and let's not forget making resources etc before they're even in the classroom. You say teachers should have productive holidays? They spend the majority of their holidays getting ahead with work and sorting out their classrooms ready for the new term rather than having quality time with their own families. Such an ignorant and selfish comment to make.

    • Angela B.

      My husband only gets to 5 weeks hol a year teachers get more than double that. Im suggesting they use half of this holiday time to work out there lesson plans. Teachers also get allocated time during the school week out of class to do extra lesson planning. Im not saying that a class of 30+ kids doesn't come without its challenges but it is what they trained for, to be able to adapt to the audience infront of them and they are usually supported by TAs. I still think the true reson for the strike today is pay and pensions for teachers but the unions have been clever to distract parents with school funding freeze instead.

    • Sarah H.

      You don't agree with the strike, but when your children could be at school with staff who are not striking, you gave your children the choice about whether to stay off school (strike!) or not! Laughable.

    • Melissa A.

      I went on maternity leave in 2014 to have my daughter and had a year away from the classroom. I returned in September last year to find that everything had changed. The awful assessments that children have to go to and the struggle for all adults in the classroom and for the children to pass is just beyond a joke. It goes against everything we trained for. I only went back part time and I struggled to deal with the workload as well as raise my daughter at the same time. I'm on maternity again now and I dread to think what will have changed again when I return next year. Teachers are striking to make changes to this because the pressure on everyone in the classroom is crazy. And yes teachers do get more holidays but as I said in my previous comment the majority is spent doing work regardless.

      I'm not sure how long you think it takes to do a lesson plan and everything else involved but the time out of class in school (ppa) could perhaps get maybe one days worth done? Depends on what else the teacher needs to do and no matter how many hours they spend working in their own time and staying up until all hours their work is never finished.

    • Angela B.

      It wouldn't have been a normal school day anyway their teachers had already told them that they would be doing 'fun stuff' instead. They choose to stay at home and do 'fun stuff' instead.

    • Angela C.

      You are deluded. I have written out a reply ten times over but have concluded that you can't reason with stupid. Respect for teachers is something students lack and its people like you that they are learning it from. I wonder if you've actually read what the strikes are about? Nothing to do with planning and marking-more the fact we want a better education for your child and the current shortage in teachers means the best is not being done for your child! Fool!

    • Angela C.

      Angela Barton did you ask your children that? Or did you find it out from the school? Every school in my area are doing exam prep and lessons as normal for their older children!

    • Nathan L.

      only 5 weeks? Does that include his weekends? If it does it's more than a teacher gets who works more than half of their holidays and weekends while still trying to have a home life and time with their own children!

      Actually they don't get allocated time for planning the odd lesson without a class is taking up with covering other classes and dealing with all the other parts of teaching that you clearly have no grasp of or care about, just the headline of 6 weeks off in the summer no more no less

    • Kyleigh C.

      Ignorant comment. Teachers spend ridiculous amounts of time planning, assessing and marking. As a full time teacher I'd arrive at quarter past seven in the morning to set up and prepare lessons for the day, leave at six pm with a long to do list and spend at least one day at the weekend planning. Half terms were for long term planning, marking assessments, writing long student reports and organising classroom for new groupings, displays, making resources etc. For a thirty hour paid week, I'd easily work 50 plus hours. People outside of the job often have no idea of the amount of work there is to do. Now with a family of my own I work two days a week (14 paid hours). I easily work double that. It's an impossible task to do in the time paid for and given and often it's a teachers own life and that of their family that take a back seat to the job.

    • Angela B.

      If you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen! Regardless of a teachers working hours today's strike is mostly about pay and pensions but the union is using the freeze on school budgets to distract parents from that to gain public sympathy.

    • Lynsey S.

      Have you ever worked in a school?

    • Gareth C.

      You don't agree with the strike but you're happy to take your kids out of school for no reason?!

    • Angela B.

      I feel the strike is unnecessary when there are active talks on going and only 25% of the teachers union actually voted to strike.

    • Jemma F.

      Deluded at best. I have refrained from replying thus far, but your ignorance hot the better of me so u thought it fit on my strike day to educate you. None of the teaching unions are engaged in active constructive talks with the DoE. Talks take place with the government outlining stupid policies and failing to respond to concerns raised not solely by unions but by educationalists, who are in a better position to shape educational policy rather than someone who has no idea how to teach or how children learn. Secondly 97% of members from the 25% of members who voted in favour of strike action. The other 75% should have indicated that they oppose this cause of action rather than abstain. The whole purpose of an election is that it enables members to have democratic role in decision making by union leaders. At no time was I balloted over pay and pensions, and this is not at the front of mind. The issues I raised above are the reason I'm striking as I am a mother, a teacher and an unpaid union rep. Out in the town today I saw former pupils, parents, colleagues, friends and others in my community including a local doctor and nurse who showed support. I'm not convinced that anything you have read today will make a blind bit of difference to you but knowledge is power and you'd be better informed to make an argument if you had all the facts absolved to you.

    • Angela B.

      You put hot instead of got and u where you ment I.x

    • Jemma F.

      I apologise for my poor spelling bug your stupidity and invalid arguments made me rant and I didn't proof read before sending. I will in future, ensure that all spelling, grammar and punctuation is correct. If only we were all perfect

    • Angela B.

      *but Calm down dear.x

    • Angela C.

      Like I said-you can't reason with stupid!

    • Stacy R.

      Try proofreading your original post if you're going to pick out others...

      *I'm not im *it's not ts *Minute not minuet

      *to 5 weeks hols?? *their not there

    • Angela B.

      Point being an educator was trying to educate me. If a teacher can't get it right what hope is there for our children.

      I actually applaud Jemma's original post and that it is a valid attempt to change my point of view on the matter of todays strike action.

    • Zoe M.

      Minute* in your origional post check your own spelling Angela before you start on others :smiley:

    • Jemma F.

      And what if a mother can't get it right when they are the primary carer and educator?

    • Melissa A.

      Wow Angela. Pointing out grammar and typos because you have no valid argument to put forward :clap::clap::clap:

    • Angela B.

      Lol ive certainly touched a few nerves haven't I. There hasn't been alot to argue back on to be honest. You've all chosen to try and berate rather enter into healthy discussion.

    • Rachel E.

      It would be innappropriate for teachers to do all of their planning in holidays. Lessons should be matched to children's current attainment and current needs, therefore planning needs to be based on assessment.

    • Caroline B.

      Thanks everyone for trying to put the teacher's point of view across . I work four days a week and my husband full time , both as secondary school teachers . We also have to fit being parents to three children around this . As people have previously pointed out as Angela isn't a teacher and in fact doesn't work at all , I wonder why she feels qualified to comment ?!

    • guest

      What a very ignorant lady you are Angela! Maybe if you stepped into a teacher's shoes for a month or term you would see why they were striking today :rage:

  • Jemma F.

    I am going on strike today because I care a lot about your children's education.

    Please don't accuse me of causing chaos,wanting more pay or just wanting a day off. Please understand my reasons for striking with thousands of other teachers across the country.

    I will gladly lose a days pay, which I believe is a small price to pay (even with 3 children of my own and the summer holidays coming up),in the hopes of negotiating a better deal for our future generations. I will be in the streets campaigning for your child's future and mine!

    - I don't believe our children should be being taught by unqualified teachers.

    - I don't agree that companies should be running education for our children, while making money (indirectly or otherwise) for their own pockets.

    - I do not want our children to be told they are failing because the government have moved the goal posts so far (from the age of four upwards).

    - I don't believe our children should be forced to resit stressful tests at the ages of 7 & 11 if they have 'failed'.

    - I don't believe children should be caused to feel stress because of assessments (there has been a huge rise in mental health problems in children in the last few years, which the government are ignoring)

    - I don't believe our children should be losing out on creative subjects because they need to be prepared to pass a test.

    - I don't believe children should be at school for more hours in a day than they already are.

    - I don't believe our children need more than 195 days a year at school to achieve and succeed.

    - I don't believe that children with special needs and disabilities should be discriminated against.

    - I don't believe that paying a teacher more money, or less money,will improve or reduce standards of teaching for our children.

    - I don't believe that stressed teachers provide a good education for your child.

    - I don't believe that class sizes should rise (due to funding cuts).

    - I don't believe support staff should be cut (because of funding cuts).

    - I don't believe academy schools are the answer to improving education for our children.

    If the government get what they want; this will happen (much of it already is).

    + I do believe the government need to start listening.

    Please support teachers. We are striking because we care about your children.

    Thank you

    From a friend

    • Melissa A.

      Perfect! I think some people seem to misunderstand the reasons behind the strike x

    • Angela C.

      I love this! I thank you for sacrificing a day's pay xx

    • Donna W.

      Not much of a day off just seen the news loads of people marching...... I applause anyone who cares enough to be a teacher..... I couldn't do it xx

    • Catherine G.

      Well said Jemma!

    • Stephanie A.

      My child's Primary School is open, however I would have supported a strike. Good for you Jemma for taking action!

    • Kate D.

      100% behind you from a junior doctor with a 7 year old thank you for taking this stand! X

  • Nicki M.

    My kids primary school is open. My eldest high school normal finishes at 5. They are finishing at 3 but because their normal buses can't get there til 5 I've gotta get my kids from primary school at 3.15 then rush down to get him or he'll have to wait around until 5. Piss take!

  • Rebecca C.

    None of the three schools my four children attend are striking

  • Sarah H.

    Although totally unrelated to today's strike action (which I only read about this morning), I have read that teachers get too many holidays. Unrelated, as it's only fair to point out that full-time teachers (in England's and Wales, at least) are paid for 195 days a year. 190 teaching days and 5 training days. Holidays are unpaid. I'm sure many teachers would welcome the chance to be paid for the work they do in the holidays as overtime, but this is actually unpaid. Sadly. Strike days are unpaid also. So although it is indeed a day off for striking teachers (and only teachers in the NUT, I believe) it is an unpaid day off.

    • Margarida D.

      Not to mention the countless hours they work in the evenings when we are all sitting with a cup of tea. A teachers work doesn't finish the moment the walk out the school gates...

  • Katie T.

    I dare say those complaining about teachers strike action are the same ones that complained about the junior doctors. You all carry on with your high and mighty moaning, just remember to keep your mouths shut when there is no more NHS and no more free education. It's your lack of understanding that gives credence to the government's stance on all these matters. Your shortsightedness that makes it possible for the government to continue cutting to the bone, then grinding up those bones.

  • Vikkie E.

    We've had a lovely day. Dropped my son off at nursery. Then me and my daughter and baby son went for breakfast together (we never get one on one time like that together) we then decided to take the dogs for a walk along the beach before picking her brother from nursery. We are now eating lunch together and heading out shopping since we've got the rest of the day :blush:

  • Tracey C.

    Our children, their future. Impromptu day off, lots of fun with friends. We should be supporting the teachers

  • Kat J.

    In my children's school it was only the Reception classes closed. I loved spending the day with my oldest. Had soo much fun.

  • Lynsey S.

    My two are at school. I support the teachers though. The whole point of a strike after all is to create inconvenience. X

  • Gareth C.

    Got to go out on a nice 8 mile bike ride with my son and daughter as it's my day off today!

  • Lisa A.

    I would loved to have spent the day at home today but had to work as did my other half but we are lucky enough to have the support of a wonderful childminder. Fully support the teachers they work incredibly hard not for themselves but for the children they teach!

  • Louise M.

    We're off but I support them x

  • Louise R.

    Our school teachers haven't striker today, luckily!! Just the TA's for their 2nd full week of lunchtime strikes, totally agree with the principle but what a ball ache!!! xx

  • Rachelle L.

    Happy to spend some time with my babies today. We had a day at the beach. Low cost.. (we do live in bournemouth ) I will back the teachers they do a hell of alot.

  • Brenda B.

    You need qualified teachers for sure

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