Darwen Vale teachers will strike in weeks

Blackburn Citizen: Darwen Vale High School Darwen Vale High School

STAFF at a high school will go on strike within weeks.

Members of the NAS UWT teaching union at Darwen Vale High School have set the date for strike action on Wednesday June 18.

The forced academisation of the school will also see NUT members meet within days to discuss joining them in a coordinated strike.

The date was chosen as no exams are set to take place during the week in question.

NASUWT regional leader Claire Ward, a Darwen Vale teacher, said pupils at the school were also hoping to have their say.

The union is inviting students and members of the community to join them on the picket line.

She said proposed redundancies were no longer a motivation to strike as Blackburn with Darwen Council were now overseeing a ‘sympathetic’ redundancy process.

She said their remaining objections centred on forced academisation and a lack of a parental and community ballot.

She said: “This date has been chosen as there are no GCSE exams that week as we want to minimise disruption for pupils.

“Pupils themselves are very angry as many could easily have gone to the nearby academy, if they wanted to go to an Aldridge school.

“They want their right to a choice and I have had children say to me they will be leaving the school if it becomes an academy. We want to encourage any members of the community, and pupils to join us on the picket line at 7.30am.”

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4:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

GracesDad says...

Seriously....encoura
ging children to join a strike....shameful turn of events.

Maybe if the teachers had done a better job in the first place, they would never have been in this position.
Seriously....encoura ging children to join a strike....shameful turn of events. Maybe if the teachers had done a better job in the first place, they would never have been in this position. GracesDad
  • Score: 0

6:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Nelson J says...

Full support for the Darwen Vale staff, striking for the future of the school. This is a good school with some excellent members of staff and this shows their level of commitment to the school, the pupils and the community it serves. Darwen Vale must remain Darwen Vale, a community school under control of the LEA. The current pupils chose this school, they did not choose DACA and it is a choice which future parents and children should have too.
Full support for the Darwen Vale staff, striking for the future of the school. This is a good school with some excellent members of staff and this shows their level of commitment to the school, the pupils and the community it serves. Darwen Vale must remain Darwen Vale, a community school under control of the LEA. The current pupils chose this school, they did not choose DACA and it is a choice which future parents and children should have too. Nelson J
  • Score: 6

6:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

WilliamF1954 says...

If the teachers had performed better in the first place then they wouldn't be going to an academy.

This school demands a doctors note if the pupil has one day off sick, or issues a fine, will the pupils parents be able to issue a fine to the striking teachers?

And as for encouraging youngsters to join them on a picket line? How low can you get?
If the teachers had performed better in the first place then they wouldn't be going to an academy. This school demands a doctors note if the pupil has one day off sick, or issues a fine, will the pupils parents be able to issue a fine to the striking teachers? And as for encouraging youngsters to join them on a picket line? How low can you get? WilliamF1954
  • Score: -1

6:59am Thu 5 Jun 14

caballo says...

Anyone think changing sites twice in 3yrs and then being ofsted'd immediately after arriving at the new site played any part in the outcome? Millions spent refurbishing the original site to conveinetly hand it over to private enterprise, brown envelopes anyone?
Anyone think changing sites twice in 3yrs and then being ofsted'd immediately after arriving at the new site played any part in the outcome? Millions spent refurbishing the original site to conveinetly hand it over to private enterprise, brown envelopes anyone? caballo
  • Score: 14

7:01am Thu 5 Jun 14

wilddog says...

Dont forget to charge the school 60 quid for teacher failing to attend!
Dont forget to charge the school 60 quid for teacher failing to attend! wilddog
  • Score: -5

11:03am Thu 5 Jun 14

freddibnahsflatcap says...

WilliamF1954 wrote:
If the teachers had performed better in the first place then they wouldn't be going to an academy.

This school demands a doctors note if the pupil has one day off sick, or issues a fine, will the pupils parents be able to issue a fine to the striking teachers?

And as for encouraging youngsters to join them on a picket line? How low can you get?
Its not the teacher´s fault, it is the system´s.
[quote][p][bold]WilliamF1954[/bold] wrote: If the teachers had performed better in the first place then they wouldn't be going to an academy. This school demands a doctors note if the pupil has one day off sick, or issues a fine, will the pupils parents be able to issue a fine to the striking teachers? And as for encouraging youngsters to join them on a picket line? How low can you get?[/p][/quote]Its not the teacher´s fault, it is the system´s. freddibnahsflatcap
  • Score: 5

11:17am Thu 5 Jun 14

campbell69s says...

Another unpaid day off work for me then. Joy.
Another unpaid day off work for me then. Joy. campbell69s
  • Score: -2

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