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Braintree and Witham: Schools shut by teacher strikes
5:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
THOUSANDS of pupils were unable to attend school during a teacher’s strike over pay and pensions.
Braintree’s Tabor Academy, in Panfield Lane, and Notley High School, in Notley Road, closed to all year groups while The Alec Hunter Academy, Stubbs Lane, remained open to year seven pupils.
New Rickstones Academy, Conrad Road, Witham shut to years eight, nine and ten but was open for years seven, 11, 12 and 13. Maltings Academy, in Spinks Lane, closed to all year groups except 11 and 13.
The industrial action on Tuesday by members of The National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers was taken over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.
News of the strike met with mixed reactions from parents.
Emily Mansfield-Bray, 39, of Porters Field, is angry her children, Nathan Bray, 15, and Justin Bray, 13, couldn’t attend Notley High School yesterday.
She said: “I'm sick and tired of the phone calls I get when my children are ill, unfortunately my kids get everything going. Well, today neither of my boys are ill and could be in school learning but they can’t because of striking the teachers who are not practicing what they preach.”
In support of the strikes, Dan Kirk, 33, of Witham Road, said he would still be in support if his five-year-old son’s school had closed.
He said: “I want my child to be taught by a teacher who feels valued and is given decent working conditions, and therefore wants to continue doing the job as opposed to a teacher who hates their job and just does it to pay the bills.”
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