Schools prepare for teacher strike

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Several schools in Boston borough will be shut tomorrow as members of two teaching unions strike over pensions, pay and conditions.

The strike has been called by the NUT and NASUWT unions and will force several schools to close – and for a partial closure at others.

Debbie Barnes, director of children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“We have advised schools that if they will be without staff they have to consider whether they have adequate cover to ensure the safety of children.

“This will determine whether they should close for the day or not. Schools that are closing should be informing parents and carers as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for their children.”

The county council isurging parents to check the latest information from their child’s individual schools, and will keep a website up to date of the latest closure news.

David O’Connor, executive director for performance and governance, added: “Trade unions have balloted for industrial action in response to proposed national changes to pay and pensions. This is not a local dispute and is likely to affect many public services across the country.

“As a responsible authority, we have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks and are working towards agreeing service exemptions with the trade unions to ensure vital life and limb services are maintained.

“Plans are also in place to minimise any disruption to other council services and we have asked managers to plan services around possible reduced staffing levels if some are taking leave to look after their children.”

School closures known so far in the Boston area are:

St Nicholas Primary School

Donington Thomas Cowley School

Fishtoft School

Quadring Cowley and Browns Primary School

Sutterton Fourfields Primary School

Partially closed are:

St Thomas Primary School

Haven High Academy

Butterwick Pinchbecks Primary School

Gosberton Primary School

Middlecott School, Kirton

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