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Harrow schools to close as teachers go on strike
Primary and secondary schools across the borough will be closed tomorrow due a teachers' strike.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) in London will be taking action over pay, pensions, job cuts and workload.
Schools in Harrow will be affected by the strikes with some closing altogether while others will be only open to some classes.
London NUT regional secretary Bob Stapley said: “Strike action is never a step that teachers take lightly and we are very aware and concerned about the inconvenience it causes parents.
“Unfortunately we are faced with a government that refusing to listen to the reasonable demands of the profession.
“The Education Secretary should do as his counterparts in Wales have done and enter into meaningful dialogue with the NUT and NASUWT.
“No teacher takes strike action lightly, this is a last resort for teachers but the absolute refusal of the Government to enter into meaningful talks to resolve the dispute has left teachers with no choice.
“There needs to be a change in the Government’s attitude to teachers and education.”
Cllr Susan Hall, Conservative Leader of Harrow Council, said: "It is simply not fair to drag children and parents into this by forcing schools to close.
“Disputes should be resolved through talking rather than upsetting school timetables and causing childcare headaches for parents - some of whom may be facing the very same issues around public sector pay and pensions that these teachers are striking about.
"In Harrow just over half of our schools will remain open thanks to the commitment and hard work of many of our teachers.
"I am grateful to them; I only wish that others would follow their example."
A Department of Education spokesman said: "It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are striking over the Government's measures to allow heads to pay good teachers more.
"All strikes will do is disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."
Teachers across London will join colleagues in the north east, Cumbria, the south east and south west in the industrial action.
Schools currently listed to be closed on Thursday include Earlsmead Primary School, Norbury School, Vaughan Primary School, Glebe Primary School, Aylward Primary School, St John Fisher School and Pinner Wood School.
Secondary schools which will be closed include Whitmore High School, Shaftesbury High School, Park High School, Nower Hill, Cannons High School, Rooks Heath School and Salvatorian College.
Others will be partially open and parents are advised to check with their children’s school about plans for the day.
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