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Specialist teachers strike in Oldham

Issue No. 2240

Specialist teachers in Oldham struck on Tuesday of last week against plans to axe their jobs. The teachers work with children who move to Britain with little or no English.

They include English, maths, science and modern language specialists. The council wants to scrap the jobs from 1 April.

It also wants to cut the ethnic minority team. The NUT union says 19 jobs would go. Workers also struck at the end of January.

NUT branch secretary Tony Harrison said, “Cutting these teams will impact on all sections of Oldham’s community, especially the working class and ethnic minorities.” He added, “We are looking at future generations of Oldhamers growing up and becoming disadvantaged educationally, with impoverished opportunities. It beggars belief that after April Oldham won’t be able to offer its own team of English and maths specialists to work with schools.”

Schools plan to buy in services from private providers instead—which workers say will be more expensive and lead to a worse service.

Teachers held a protest the day after their strike outside the civic centre.

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Tue 22 Feb 2011, 17:52 GMT
Issue No. 2240
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