Teachers at Beacon Community College will be going on strike on Wednesday (26th March) as part of a national day of action by the National Union of Teachers.
As a result of the strike, the school will be closed for students in Year 7-10.
The NUT and the NASUWT are in dispute over pay, pensions, jobs and workload. The NUT say the Department for Education’s survey shows teachers working 56 – 60 hours a week on average. The Union is also in dispute with the Government over changes to pensions which would lead to some in the profession teaching until 68.
Phil Clarke, Secretary of the Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden Association of the NUT said:
We know teachers do not want to strike but we need to do this not only to defend our own pay, pensions and conditions but because this is the right thing to do in the long term for the health of our profession and the education of our students.
Beacon College are making arrangements for students in Year 11 and sixth formers to attend lessons as normal, where possible. The school will also be running supported revision and catch up sessions for these students in examination years.
Principal, Peter Swan said:
Governors have given very careful consideration as to whether there will be sufficient staff available, based upon the information we have at this point, to maintain the school day without compromising the safety of either staff or students, whilst making maximum efforts to minimise disruption to examination groups.