Dozens of schools to shut due to strike

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MORE than half of the schools in St Helens are set to close tomorrow (Thursday, June 27) due to industrial action by teaching unions.

In total, 37 of the borough’s schools are set to close as a result of the walk-out and 19 will remain only “partially open”.

Just 11 schools are set to open as normal. They are Rainhill Community Nursery, Pace, the Launchpad Centre, Rivington Primary, Legh Vale Primary, Eccleston Mere Primary, Wargrave CE Primary, District CE Primary, Parish CE Primary, Haydock English Martyrs Primary and St Theresa’s Catholic Primary.

High schools Cowley, Rainhill High, De La Salle, Rainford High, Haydock High and St Augustine’s are all set for a 24-hour closure.

The one-day walk-out by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) will affect thousands of local students.

Both unions have also indicated their willingness to stage further strikes in the autumn unless the Government agrees to negotiate with them over deeply unpopular education reforms.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates, said: “The move to strike action is a manifestation of the anger and frustration of teachers at the failure of the Government to seek to address the deep concerns of the profession.”

NUT’s general secretary Christine Blower, added: “The Government is going down entirely the wrong path for education and teachers. They need to start listening.”

A spokesman for the Department of Education said he was “disappointed” at the strike action.