Strike row continues at school

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TEACHERS at a Newton primary went on strike Tuesday in a dispute over a controversial new staff appraisal system.

Around 13 members of the NASUWT teaching union at Newton Primary took part in the protest.

The strike follows a long-running row over the council’s new method of assessing teachers’ performance.

Under the scheme, teachers can be subjected to an unlimited number of observations.

There are also concerns about the confidentiality of material gathered during assessments.

Mick Burrows, the St Helens NASUWT’s national executive member, said: “Members don’t want to be on strike.

“The council could call this off by at least postponing the introduction of the assessments.”

Further strikes are planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday.

A council spokesman said: “The vast majority of schools in the borough have accepted that this is a fair and reasonable policy - which will be implemented and monitored by the council.”

The school was yesterday opened as normal .