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Swinton High School teachers strike for five days over workloads

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2427

Teachers at Swinton High School in Salford, Greater Manchester, began a five-day strike on Tuesday of last week.

The NASUWT union members are demanding improvements in their workloads and unreasonable targets.

Rachel Knight is secretary of Salford NASUWT. She told Socialist Worker that the culture at the school was “demoralising” but that workers are enthusiastic about the strike.

“On the first day of our strike, all our members turned up on the picket line to show their strength of feeling,” she said.

“New policies and practices have been imposed with no consultation. They’ve had a devastating effect on teachers’ workload and work/life balance.”

Some 34 teachers joined the strike and around half of them have worked at the school for over ten years. Rachel said, “These are the same teachers who helped achieve the best results the school ever had in 2012. They are passionate about the school and its pupils.”

She said a recent dip in results was due to the “constant moving of goalposts” not poor teachers. “These teachers have not suddenly become inadequate overnight,” she said.

“Monitoring them further and setting impossible targets is not going to improve things for the pupils.”

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Tue 28 Oct 2014, 17:28 GMT
Issue No. 2427
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