Teacher strike to affect Bucks schools

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SCHOOLS in Bucks could face closure for one day next week as a teaching union plans another bout of strike action.

Members of the largest teachers union, the National Union of Teachers, plan to strike on Wednesday, March 26, and it is predicting a large number of Bucks schools will be affected.

Buckinghamshire County Council says parents and carers of pupils will be notified of any full or partial closures by their children's school.

The strike is part of an on-going campaign of action against planned and implemented changes to national pay, conditions and pensions.

Bucks NUT Secretary, Annette Pryce, said: "Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job.

"Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated, not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction.

"This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us."

The union also struck over the same issues last autumn.

Members of the NUT are concerned that government changes, including teachers working until they are 68 and introducing performance related pay, will have a damaging effect on education.

The NUT has also launched a campaign, Stand Up for Education, which it says will give teachers the chance to fight to ensure that certain expectations - such as having a qualified teacher in every classroom, well planned curriculum changes - are met.It will have a stall in Wycombe town centre on Saturday.

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8:09pm Wed 19 Mar 14

tigeran says...

So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................
So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................ tigeran
  • Score: -4

8:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

whingefree says...

tigeran wrote:
So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................
Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay.
[quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................[/p][/quote]Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay. whingefree
  • Score: 5

10:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

tigeran says...

whingefree wrote:
tigeran wrote:
So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................
Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay.
Good! They are paid by the private sector who make the money that pays their wages!
[quote][p][bold]whingefree[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................[/p][/quote]Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay.[/p][/quote]Good! They are paid by the private sector who make the money that pays their wages! tigeran
  • Score: -13

6:17am Thu 20 Mar 14

whingefree says...

tigeran wrote:
whingefree wrote:
tigeran wrote:
So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................
Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay.
Good! They are paid by the private sector who make the money that pays their wages!
This is such a tired and lazy debating point that it beggars belief. The whole 'private versus public' thing is such a distraction.

Of course we need a strong private sector. And a strong public sector. It's not a competition to argue who is best.

The generation of funds is crucial for our economy, but so is a good education, healthy and safe citizens, clean communities and so - all provided through public funds.

Teachers pay taxes too. And let's remember that a good proportion of our taxes go to provide tax relief on pension contributions for the highest earners (in the private and public sector). It's not all one way traffic.

Please don't fall into the last debate of public versus private sector. It's what the government want you to do because if diverts attention from the real issues.
[quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whingefree[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................[/p][/quote]Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay.[/p][/quote]Good! They are paid by the private sector who make the money that pays their wages![/p][/quote]This is such a tired and lazy debating point that it beggars belief. The whole 'private versus public' thing is such a distraction. Of course we need a strong private sector. And a strong public sector. It's not a competition to argue who is best. The generation of funds is crucial for our economy, but so is a good education, healthy and safe citizens, clean communities and so - all provided through public funds. Teachers pay taxes too. And let's remember that a good proportion of our taxes go to provide tax relief on pension contributions for the highest earners (in the private and public sector). It's not all one way traffic. Please don't fall into the last debate of public versus private sector. It's what the government want you to do because if diverts attention from the real issues. whingefree
  • Score: 18

10:01am Thu 20 Mar 14

Darren Hayday says...

Unbelievable! - I truly hope that my sons school does not close down for the day. I shall be extremely angry if it does.
Unbelievable! - I truly hope that my sons school does not close down for the day. I shall be extremely angry if it does. Darren Hayday
  • Score: -1

12:22pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

We are constantly told it is wrong for kids to miss school days, to the extent where parents can be fined. So it's a bit hypocritical for teachers to cause whole classes to miss a day of school.
Why do they have to strike during term time? Why can't they strike during school holidays?
We are constantly told it is wrong for kids to miss school days, to the extent where parents can be fined. So it's a bit hypocritical for teachers to cause whole classes to miss a day of school. Why do they have to strike during term time? Why can't they strike during school holidays? Bill Taxpayer
  • Score: -4

1:00pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Nick1958 says...

Try to understand! Taken from a blog:
http://teacherroar.b
logspot.co.uk/2014/0
3/why-i-am-striking.
html
Try to understand! Taken from a blog: http://teacherroar.b logspot.co.uk/2014/0 3/why-i-am-striking. html Nick1958
  • Score: 6

6:20pm Thu 20 Mar 14

whingefree says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
Unbelievable! - I truly hope that my sons school does not close down for the day. I shall be extremely angry if it does.
I think that a strike is supposed to be inconvenient.
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable! - I truly hope that my sons school does not close down for the day. I shall be extremely angry if it does.[/p][/quote]I think that a strike is supposed to be inconvenient. whingefree
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Thu 20 Mar 14

tigeran says...

whingefree wrote:
tigeran wrote:
whingefree wrote:
tigeran wrote:
So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................
Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay.
Good! They are paid by the private sector who make the money that pays their wages!
This is such a tired and lazy debating point that it beggars belief. The whole 'private versus public' thing is such a distraction.

Of course we need a strong private sector. And a strong public sector. It's not a competition to argue who is best.

The generation of funds is crucial for our economy, but so is a good education, healthy and safe citizens, clean communities and so - all provided through public funds.

Teachers pay taxes too. And let's remember that a good proportion of our taxes go to provide tax relief on pension contributions for the highest earners (in the private and public sector). It's not all one way traffic.

Please don't fall into the last debate of public versus private sector. It's what the government want you to do because if diverts attention from the real issues.
All I can think is that you are a teacher by the way you reacted to this! I am sorry but it always the same with the public sector, 'I want, I want,I want' irrelevant to the fact that the country is on it knees. I don't have any sympathy for them, I cannot strike just because my (pathetic pension compared to public sector) pension is ever diminishing but the public sector think they entitled to something that the hand that feeds them (private sector) have no say in! Disgusting.
[quote][p][bold]whingefree[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whingefree[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: So can we fine the teachers for not coming in during term time like they do the parents?! No of course not!! One rule for one................[/p][/quote]Teachers will be 'fined' by missing out on a day's pay.[/p][/quote]Good! They are paid by the private sector who make the money that pays their wages![/p][/quote]This is such a tired and lazy debating point that it beggars belief. The whole 'private versus public' thing is such a distraction. Of course we need a strong private sector. And a strong public sector. It's not a competition to argue who is best. The generation of funds is crucial for our economy, but so is a good education, healthy and safe citizens, clean communities and so - all provided through public funds. Teachers pay taxes too. And let's remember that a good proportion of our taxes go to provide tax relief on pension contributions for the highest earners (in the private and public sector). It's not all one way traffic. Please don't fall into the last debate of public versus private sector. It's what the government want you to do because if diverts attention from the real issues.[/p][/quote]All I can think is that you are a teacher by the way you reacted to this! I am sorry but it always the same with the public sector, 'I want, I want,I want' irrelevant to the fact that the country is on it knees. I don't have any sympathy for them, I cannot strike just because my (pathetic pension compared to public sector) pension is ever diminishing but the public sector think they entitled to something that the hand that feeds them (private sector) have no say in! Disgusting. tigeran
  • Score: -12

10:33pm Thu 20 Mar 14

whingefree says...

The hand that feeds them?! Who educated these folks so that they could get their jobs in the private sector?
The hand that feeds them?! Who educated these folks so that they could get their jobs in the private sector? whingefree
  • Score: 5

6:29am Fri 21 Mar 14

Nick1958 says...

whingefree wrote:
The hand that feeds them?! Who educated these folks so that they could get their jobs in the private sector?
In a few years time, free schools and failing academies will be popping them out by the lorry load!
[quote][p][bold]whingefree[/bold] wrote: The hand that feeds them?! Who educated these folks so that they could get their jobs in the private sector?[/p][/quote]In a few years time, free schools and failing academies will be popping them out by the lorry load! Nick1958
  • Score: 4

12:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

x-teacher says...

As someone who left the teaching profession less than a year ago to work in the private sector, let me enlighten you. In my new job I work fewer hours for more pay, receive an annual bonus if I perform well and benefit from private health care. I no longer have to work through my breaks, take work home with me or work during the weekend. Sure, I get shorter holidays but I can choose when to take them... and I don’t have to work during my holidays as I did before. Contrary to what the media would have you believe, my teachers’ pension wasn’t ‘Gold Plated’ and my private sector pension is almost as good. I can also choose to take my private sector pension at any time after the age of 55 and not be forced to work until I’m 67. I wasn’t a member of the NUT, the union that is striking next week, and I don’t agree with the strike action that NUT members are taking but I do know that teaching is a difficult and thankless job and the people who do it are the most hard-working I know.
As someone who left the teaching profession less than a year ago to work in the private sector, let me enlighten you. In my new job I work fewer hours for more pay, receive an annual bonus if I perform well and benefit from private health care. I no longer have to work through my breaks, take work home with me or work during the weekend. Sure, I get shorter holidays but I can choose when to take them... and I don’t have to work during my holidays as I did before. Contrary to what the media would have you believe, my teachers’ pension wasn’t ‘Gold Plated’ and my private sector pension is almost as good. I can also choose to take my private sector pension at any time after the age of 55 and not be forced to work until I’m 67. I wasn’t a member of the NUT, the union that is striking next week, and I don’t agree with the strike action that NUT members are taking but I do know that teaching is a difficult and thankless job and the people who do it are the most hard-working I know. x-teacher
  • Score: 23

11:11pm Fri 21 Mar 14

tigeran says...

Rubbish. You are an exception. The public sector are moaning, whinging bunch who have no idea of the real world. Open your eyes.
Rubbish. You are an exception. The public sector are moaning, whinging bunch who have no idea of the real world. Open your eyes. tigeran
  • Score: -15

12:01am Sat 22 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

tigeran wrote:
Rubbish. You are an exception. The public sector are moaning, whinging bunch who have no idea of the real world. Open your eyes.
The Voice of Reason or what?
[quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: Rubbish. You are an exception. The public sector are moaning, whinging bunch who have no idea of the real world. Open your eyes.[/p][/quote]The Voice of Reason or what? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: -5

6:47am Sat 22 Mar 14

Nick1958 says...

No, just the voice of complete ignorance. I have nothing but pity for them.
No, just the voice of complete ignorance. I have nothing but pity for them. Nick1958
  • Score: 10

7:37am Sat 22 Mar 14

whingefree says...

tigeran wrote:
Rubbish. You are an exception. The public sector are moaning, whinging bunch who have no idea of the real world. Open your eyes.
Wow. What is this real world you speak of? It sounds like a place full of wonder and excitement and, yet, I have no idea.
[quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: Rubbish. You are an exception. The public sector are moaning, whinging bunch who have no idea of the real world. Open your eyes.[/p][/quote]Wow. What is this real world you speak of? It sounds like a place full of wonder and excitement and, yet, I have no idea. whingefree
  • Score: 11

10:04pm Sun 23 Mar 14

EricBrown says...

The NUT has always been a left wing union looking for any excuse to strike ~ through Labour & Conservative times. On the basis that most of our 'leftie' teachers hate Michael Gove, to my mind he must be doing something right. Teachers are well paid and have generous pensions and great holidays ~ funny they never strike during their six week summer holiday. I admire them in the context of having to manage the modern day feral yoof, but they have no business striking. Most teachers seem to think themselves superior beings and never wrong ~ a bit like the rozzers in that respect. On the basis there are 1000's of people wanting to be teachers and probably have a lot more to offer than the strikers ~ maybe the Government should be radical and sack any teacher that strikes. Meanwhile in the real world, most hard working decent folk are sick of hearing teachers moaning about their lot ~ they have it cushy compared to most.....!
The NUT has always been a left wing union looking for any excuse to strike ~ through Labour & Conservative times. On the basis that most of our 'leftie' teachers hate Michael Gove, to my mind he must be doing something right. Teachers are well paid and have generous pensions and great holidays ~ funny they never strike during their six week summer holiday. I admire them in the context of having to manage the modern day feral yoof, but they have no business striking. Most teachers seem to think themselves superior beings and never wrong ~ a bit like the rozzers in that respect. On the basis there are 1000's of people wanting to be teachers and probably have a lot more to offer than the strikers ~ maybe the Government should be radical and sack any teacher that strikes. Meanwhile in the real world, most hard working decent folk are sick of hearing teachers moaning about their lot ~ they have it cushy compared to most.....! EricBrown
  • Score: -7

6:27am Mon 24 Mar 14

Nick1958 says...

EricBrown wrote:
The NUT has always been a left wing union looking for any excuse to strike ~ through Labour & Conservative times. On the basis that most of our 'leftie' teachers hate Michael Gove, to my mind he must be doing something right. Teachers are well paid and have generous pensions and great holidays ~ funny they never strike during their six week summer holiday. I admire them in the context of having to manage the modern day feral yoof, but they have no business striking. Most teachers seem to think themselves superior beings and never wrong ~ a bit like the rozzers in that respect. On the basis there are 1000's of people wanting to be teachers and probably have a lot more to offer than the strikers ~ maybe the Government should be radical and sack any teacher that strikes. Meanwhile in the real world, most hard working decent folk are sick of hearing teachers moaning about their lot ~ they have it cushy compared to most.....!
I actually gasped at the ignorance displayed in this post. Massive and incorrect assumptions, sweeping statements.....still
, they say ignorance is bliss so I guess you're a happy man!
[quote][p][bold]EricBrown[/bold] wrote: The NUT has always been a left wing union looking for any excuse to strike ~ through Labour & Conservative times. On the basis that most of our 'leftie' teachers hate Michael Gove, to my mind he must be doing something right. Teachers are well paid and have generous pensions and great holidays ~ funny they never strike during their six week summer holiday. I admire them in the context of having to manage the modern day feral yoof, but they have no business striking. Most teachers seem to think themselves superior beings and never wrong ~ a bit like the rozzers in that respect. On the basis there are 1000's of people wanting to be teachers and probably have a lot more to offer than the strikers ~ maybe the Government should be radical and sack any teacher that strikes. Meanwhile in the real world, most hard working decent folk are sick of hearing teachers moaning about their lot ~ they have it cushy compared to most.....![/p][/quote]I actually gasped at the ignorance displayed in this post. Massive and incorrect assumptions, sweeping statements.....still , they say ignorance is bliss so I guess you're a happy man! Nick1958
  • Score: 4

9:00am Mon 24 Mar 14

Monty Cristo says...

Nick1958 wrote:
EricBrown wrote:
The NUT has always been a left wing union looking for any excuse to strike ~ through Labour & Conservative times. On the basis that most of our 'leftie' teachers hate Michael Gove, to my mind he must be doing something right. Teachers are well paid and have generous pensions and great holidays ~ funny they never strike during their six week summer holiday. I admire them in the context of having to manage the modern day feral yoof, but they have no business striking. Most teachers seem to think themselves superior beings and never wrong ~ a bit like the rozzers in that respect. On the basis there are 1000's of people wanting to be teachers and probably have a lot more to offer than the strikers ~ maybe the Government should be radical and sack any teacher that strikes. Meanwhile in the real world, most hard working decent folk are sick of hearing teachers moaning about their lot ~ they have it cushy compared to most.....!
I actually gasped at the ignorance displayed in this post. Massive and incorrect assumptions, sweeping statements.....still

, they say ignorance is bliss so I guess you're a happy man!
I am not a teacher but I could not agree more that EricBrown clearly has absolutely no idea what he is talking about, and makes lazy ill-researched jibes. He is completely clueless. Anyone who knows anything of the teachers lot realises that they are massively overworked, they are NOT all lefties, they are NOT well paid considering the hours they put in , they do not have "great holidays" (a myth that is always perpetuated by the ignorant, who know nothing of the massive preparation that takes place during "holidays", not least to accommodate the incessant changes to the curriculum that the likes of Mr Gove continually require). They also care greatly about maintaining/improvin
g the ability to deliver quality education - something that Mr Gove loves to talk about while at same time making changes which actually reduces the quality of education. Does anyone really believe that teachers working a 12 to 14 hour day every day is going to be productive? Can you really provide good education if you have no time to plan the delivery of that education? Does anyone really believe that sending young children to school until 6pm is good for family life? Can you really justify paying a teacher less relatively than a child-minder? The blog link posted earlier says it all. Anyone with half a brain who has researched the reasons behind the strike and who has actually talked to teachers as I have will realise that this action is a last resort protest about changes that will, if imposed, result in teachers leaving the profession in droves - which will decimate the education of our children. It is deeply worrying.
[quote][p][bold]Nick1958[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EricBrown[/bold] wrote: The NUT has always been a left wing union looking for any excuse to strike ~ through Labour & Conservative times. On the basis that most of our 'leftie' teachers hate Michael Gove, to my mind he must be doing something right. Teachers are well paid and have generous pensions and great holidays ~ funny they never strike during their six week summer holiday. I admire them in the context of having to manage the modern day feral yoof, but they have no business striking. Most teachers seem to think themselves superior beings and never wrong ~ a bit like the rozzers in that respect. On the basis there are 1000's of people wanting to be teachers and probably have a lot more to offer than the strikers ~ maybe the Government should be radical and sack any teacher that strikes. Meanwhile in the real world, most hard working decent folk are sick of hearing teachers moaning about their lot ~ they have it cushy compared to most.....![/p][/quote]I actually gasped at the ignorance displayed in this post. Massive and incorrect assumptions, sweeping statements.....still , they say ignorance is bliss so I guess you're a happy man![/p][/quote]I am not a teacher but I could not agree more that EricBrown clearly has absolutely no idea what he is talking about, and makes lazy ill-researched jibes. He is completely clueless. Anyone who knows anything of the teachers lot realises that they are massively overworked, they are NOT all lefties, they are NOT well paid considering the hours they put in , they do not have "great holidays" (a myth that is always perpetuated by the ignorant, who know nothing of the massive preparation that takes place during "holidays", not least to accommodate the incessant changes to the curriculum that the likes of Mr Gove continually require). They also care greatly about maintaining/improvin g the ability to deliver quality education - something that Mr Gove loves to talk about while at same time making changes which actually reduces the quality of education. Does anyone really believe that teachers working a 12 to 14 hour day every day is going to be productive? Can you really provide good education if you have no time to plan the delivery of that education? Does anyone really believe that sending young children to school until 6pm is good for family life? Can you really justify paying a teacher less relatively than a child-minder? The blog link posted earlier says it all. Anyone with half a brain who has researched the reasons behind the strike and who has actually talked to teachers as I have will realise that this action is a last resort protest about changes that will, if imposed, result in teachers leaving the profession in droves - which will decimate the education of our children. It is deeply worrying. Monty Cristo
  • Score: 14

11:20am Wed 26 Mar 14

Jade12 says...

I do hope this can be sorted out because striking is defiantly not helping the children today that are sat at home, the parents that are having to take time off work and are potentially loosing money.

Its right we need teachers that are motivated and not over tired to teach but somehow I don't think striking is going to change that. Instead they are starting (if not lost already) the patience of people.

Although I must say I am not sure why children being at school between normal work hours (I would hope this means for secondary schools) is an issue. I left school nearly 6 years ago and went straight to work, complete shock to the system working all day instead of going home at 3:30! May do some teenagers good.

Lets hope these problems get sorted soon!
I do hope this can be sorted out because striking is defiantly not helping the children today that are sat at home, the parents that are having to take time off work and are potentially loosing money. Its right we need teachers that are motivated and not over tired to teach but somehow I don't think striking is going to change that. Instead they are starting (if not lost already) the patience of people. Although I must say I am not sure why children being at school between normal work hours (I would hope this means for secondary schools) is an issue. I left school nearly 6 years ago and went straight to work, complete shock to the system working all day instead of going home at 3:30! May do some teenagers good. Lets hope these problems get sorted soon! Jade12
  • Score: 0

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