News and Support from The NASUWT
Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, are holding the first of six planned days of strike action tomorrow (Thursday) at Our Lady & St Bede Catholic Academy in Stockton-On-Tees.
The action has been called in response to the employer’s failure to take steps to address the excessive workload of members and ensure they have a reasonable work/life balance.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Our Lady & St Bede is the top performing school in the North East and is in the top 1% of schools nationally for its performance.
“This immense achievement is a result of the hard work, skills and dedication of its staff, who care immensely about offering the best education for young people at the school.
“However, this level of performance cannot be sustained without effective measures to address the excessive workload burdens being placed on teachers which are adversely affecting their physical and mental health and undermining their ability to do their best for students.
“The NASUWT remains committed to further negotiations to seek to resolve the dispute.”
Wayne Broom, NASUWT National Executive Member for Teeside, said:
“We have made every effort to secure a way forward through genuine negotiation, but the employer has failed to put forward any concrete proposals to deal with the issues around workload.
“Teacher wellbeing and professionalism directly affects the quality of education children receive and we hope parents and the public will understand that current working practices cannot simply be allowed to go unchallenged. It is deeply regrettable that disruption will be caused to pupils and parents.
“The NASUWT is more than willing to continue negotiations and urges the school to engage seriously with us to resolve this issue.”