Strike action at New Charter Academy
Thursday 12th January 2017 @ 07:00 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton News

Students returned to their studies as normal this morning following two days of strike action at New Charter Academy.

But more disruption could come next week when three days of strikes are being planned.

Members of the NUT and NASUWT took the action on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in a continuing row over workloads.

The walkout follows a two day strike in December.

Writing to parents and carers Principal David Shaw said: “The Governing Body and I are disappointed that a dispute at national level between the NASUWT and the NUT and the Secretary of State for Education, which no individual school has the opportunity to influence, is being used this way at our Academy.

“As well as being disproportionate, we believe this strike, and any further potential strike action, is unnecessary and threatens to disrupt the education of our students and the continued improvements that we need to make as an Academy.”

The unions say the action is being taken because of excessive workloads faced by teachers due to the implementation of new initiatives.

In a letter to parents and carers ahead of the December strike action, Mr Shaw penned: “I believe that we urgently need to improve the quality of teaching in the Academy and we are reasonably asking colleagues to undertake improvement activities; the NASUWT and NUT disagree.”

This week’s strike meant students in Years 7, 8 and 9 had to remain at home on both days while Year 11 were told not to attend the Academy on Tuesday with Year 10s absent from school on Wednesday.

Sixth form students were not affected by the strike.

Disruption at the school looks likely to continue however with three days of strike action planned for next week.

Union members have already informed the Principal of their intention to carry out the strike beginning next Tuesday.