Teachers’ Strike

NUT Stand up for education – 

The NUT has published a “Manifesto For Our Children’s Education” which it will be using in the run up to the General Election next year.  It can be read online at: https://www.teachers.org.uk/files/manifesto-16pp-a5–9623-_0.pdf

As well as being welcomed by politicians and trade unionists the manifesto has support from a range of authors and performers including Philip Pullman who says “The NUT’s new Manifesto for Education is first-rate and well worth supporting” and Michael Rosen who says “”I think this is great, and something we can all get round over the next few months…”

latest info on NUT site here http://www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/protect-teachers




21 June Peoples Assembly – March against austerity

NUT members wil be joining the “Stand Up for Education” section of the march in London. Travel will also be arranged from around England and Wales. For more details go here

Prepare to strike later this term if the Government doesn’t respond positively to teachers’ concerns



 NUT national teachers’ strike, Wednesday March 26th 2014 regional march and rally in Birmingham over 1000 strikers took part

Commenting on the ongoing trade dispute between Michael Gove and the NUT,Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT announced national strike action in England and Wales on 26 March as a result of the Education Secretary’s refusal to meet to discuss the matters over which both ourselves and the NASUWT are in dispute: pay, pensions, jobs and workload. Whilst Michael Gove, by accepting the recommendations of the STRB, has been prevented from making teachers’ conditions of service worse, nothing has changed for the better for teachers.

“The NUT has made clear that strike action on 26 March can be stopped if the Secretary of State addresses teachers’ concerns and engages in serious dialogue with the NUT on the matters of our dispute. The Education Secretary has offered a meeting with officials at the DfE on 25 February for all teacher unions to discuss talks about a wide range of matters. We will engage positively in this process but there is still no commitment to address the issues in dispute, only how the policies he has imposed will be implemented.

“Two in five teachers are leaving the profession within five years due to intolerable workload pressures, performance related pay, increased pensions contributions and working until 68. Our concerns have to be addressed if a crisis in teacher supply is to be avoided.

“It is not for us to comment on the decisions of other organisations but the NUT continue to believe that joint action by teacher unions is the best way to defend teachers and the education service.

“Now more than ever teaching unions need to stand together to defend the members we represent and to speak with one voice. The NUT is pleased to be hosting a conference on professional unity, open to all teachers and with speakers from other unions, on 1 March.”

After two years of action short of strike action, in the dispute over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs, since no meaningful negotiations are taking place, the NUT and NASUWT have announced regional rolling strike actions in England:

on Tuesday 1st October Wolverhampton teachers from the main teaching unions the NUT and NASUWT which cover 90% of staff  joined other colleagues from across the Midlands,  Eastern, Yorkshire and Humberside regions on strike. A Further strike took place in London and SE subsequently.


10.30 march through Birmingham with banners  RALLY 11 -12.30  AT ICC Centenary Square Broad St B1 2EA

Support Teachers Support Education   organised by NUT & NASUWT


Schools closed to all pupils


  • Aldersley High School
  • Berrybrook Primary
  • Braybrook Centre
  • Castlecroft Primary
  • Colton Hills
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Primary
  • Deansfield High
  • D’Eyncourt Primary
  • Edward the Elder Primary
  • Elston Hall Primary
  • Fallings Park Primary
  • Field View Primary
  • Giffard Catholic Primary (The)
  • Goldthorn Park Primary
  • Graiseley Primary
  • Green Park
  • Heath Park High School
  • Highfields School
  • Kings CE School (The)
  • Kingston Centre
  • Long Knowle Primary
  • Loxdale Primary
  • Midpoint Centre
  • Moreton Community School
  • Moseley Park School
  • New Park
  • Northwood Park
  • Orchard Centre
  • Our Lady & St Chad’s Catholic School
  • Oxley Primary
  • Palmers Cross Primary
  • Penn Fields Special
  • Penn Hall Special
  • Perry Hall Primary
  • Smestow School
  • Springdale Infant
  • Springdale Junior
  • SS Mary & John’s Catholic Primary
  • St Andrew’s CE Primary
  • St Anthony’s Catholic Primary
  • St Bartholomew’s CE Primary
  • St Luke’s CE Primary
  • St Martin’s CE Primary
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary
  • St Michael’s Catholic Primary
  • St Peter’s Collegiate School
  • Stow Heath Primary
  • Tettenhall Wood
  • Trinity CE Primary
  • Uplands Junior
  • Warstones
  • Wednesfield High School
  • West Park Primary
  • Westacre Infant
  • Westcroft
  • Whitgreave Infant
  • Woden Primary
  • Woodfield Infant
  • Woodthorne Primary

partially closed:

Busbury Hill Primary
Claregate Primary
Coppice High School
Dovecotes Primary
East Park Primary
Grove Primary Partial
Rakegate Primary
St Alban’s CE Primary
St Michael’s CE Primary
St Thomas’s CE Primary
Wodensfield Primary
Wolverhampton Girls High School
Woodfield Junior


UNISON  has advised their support staff members in Wolverhampton’s schools not to undertake any teachers’ duties on 1st October and headteachers have been informed. 

The devolved Welsh government is in negotiation with teaching unions currently to resolve issues and so no strike action will be taken there currently.

Thurs 17th October – North East Government region, Cumbria, London, South East and South West will strike unless the government starts real talks.


For full details click here


This follows the well supported action taken by colleagues in the north west of England in June. Teachers’ unions have also told Michael Gove that unless he demonstrates that he intends to negotiate seriously, they will also call a one-day, all-out national strike before Christmas.


For further information about the action and the campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education please click here.

If you have not already done so, please email your MP – using these templates if you are a teachergovernor, or parent and tell them why the Government is damaging the education service.




  NUT/NASUWT regional rally in May had over 1,000 in Birmingham.

  • Are you concerned that government changes now mean that anyone can teach, even without training or qualifications?
  • Do you think it is wrong to allow private companies to make a profit from your child’s education?
  • Are you worried that the changes to the curriculum imposed by the Government could damage your child’s education?
  • Are you worried about the rising cost of schooling (e.g. uniform, school meals)?
  • Are you concerned about the impact of the break-up of the education system in your area?
  • Did you know that half of teachers want to leave the profession and fewer graduates want to become teachers?
  • Do you think that your children’s education deserves better?
  • Since 2010, the Government has embarked on massive changes to education.
  • But the majority of these changes are not supported by parents, teachers or schools.
  • Schools are on the brink of a major crisis that could undermine our children’s education for years to come.
  • Teachers, parents and others have said: “Enough is enough – it’s time to rally for the education of our children and young people.”


The two largest teacher unions, NUT and NASUWT, representing 9 out of 10 teachers have announced the next phase of their jointly coordinated campaign to Protect Teachers and Defend Education. 

Following the refusal of the Secretary of State to genuinely engage with the NASUWT and NUT to seek to resolve our trade disputes with him, plans are in place for the next stage of industrial action which will include:


·        continuation of the current action short of strike action instructions;

·        national rallies across England and Wales

·        escalation of the national action short of strike action;

·        a rolling programme of national strikes commencing with local authority areas in the North West of England on 27 June; and

·        unless the Secretary of State responds positively to the unions’ demands, a rolling programme of strike action will continue into the Autumn term and will include a one day all-out national strike before the end of the Autumn term.


Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

 “The time has come for the Secretary of State to listen to the concerns of teachers and school leaders.  He has recklessly pursued a relentless attack on the profession and teachers’ patience has been exhausted.  The Secretary of State still has time to avoid widespread disruption in schools by responding positively and quickly to the reasonable demands we are making.”


Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT, said:

“We have already rejected the new pension arrangements and the proposed deregulation of teachers’ pay.  The attacks on pay and pensions in combination with increasing workload is making teaching an unsustainable option for many.  The resolution to all the aspects of our dispute with the Secretary of State is in his hands. He can respond positively engage with us to seek a way forward.  If there is no positive response to our reasonable demands, the joint strike action we are announcing is inevitable.”


over 1,000 attended the NUT/NASUWT RALLY FOR EDUCATION BIRMINGHAM, ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham Saturday 11 May 2013.  Speakers included: Chris Keates, General Secretary NASUWT, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary NUT and others including  parents,  school governors and  headteachers.


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