Teachers strike over workload

Submitted by SJW on 6 December, 2017 - 4:15 Author: An NEU Member

Workers at Westways Primary School in Sheffield voted overwhelmingly to strike on 6, 7, 12 and 13 December against reforms which will worsen excessive workload and increase scrutiny of teachers.

Sam Fearnehough, the school’s executive head (read: off-site manager), claimed that her reforms ″are already having a positive impact″ and that ″a majority of staff are very happy with the support and training they have received to implement new ways of teaching″. So happy indeed that they have voted overwhelmingly for strikes and issued a statement through Sheffield National Education Union (NEU) stating that ″the changes are having a direct impact on the children’s educational experience and are making many staff members lose trust in their own school.″

Parents and supporters held a rally at the school on Friday 1 December and a solidarity meeting on the 5 December will hear from a Westways School worker.