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Schools affected by strike action

Schools affected by strike action

Published at 2:45pm 4th July 2016. (Updated at 5:35pm 4th July 2016)

Parents are being warned about disruption caused by strike action at schools across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

Teachers will walk out on Tuesday as part of a dispute between the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Government over funding, pay and conditions.

Last week, the NUT wrote to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan outlining the reasons for the strike and asking for "meaningful discussions" to resolve the issues.

Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the NUT, said: "No teacher finds taking strike action easy, but the situation in our schools needs to be urgently addressed. School budgets are being cut to the bone. The effect on children's education is clear. Class sizes are going up, subjects are being removed from the curriculum, especially in the Arts, while teaching posts are being cut or not replaced.

"Teachers' terms and conditions are being deregulated and worsened through the academy programme. Head teachers are spending time on school negotiations which should be spent on education. This is unnecessary, time-wasting and ineffective. There is no evidence it leads to better results in schools and is fuelling the teacher retention and recruitment crisis."

Nicky Morgan has described the strike action as "unnecessary" and "counterproductive".

In her response to the NUT, she said: "It is particularly disappointing given that - at your request - we have already engaged in talks with you about the issues you have raised.

"As I said when I attended the first meeting in May, I am committed to these talks, and firmly hope that they will be meaningful and productive. Rather than playing politics with children's futures over the issue of pay and conditions, I would urge you to reconsider this damaging industrial action. Instead we should all be focused on giving children the best start in life and spreading educational excellence everywhere."

Here are the schools which have confirmed to councils that they will be closed or partially open:

North Yorkshire County Council

  • Bentham Community Primary School - partially open
  • Boroughbridge Primary School - closed
  • Cononley Community Primary School - partially open
  • Easingwold School - partially open
  • Hackforth and Hornby Church of England Primary School, Bedale - partially open
  • Ings Community Primary and Nursery School, Skipton - partially open
  • Riverside Community Primary School, Tadcaster - partially open
  • Rossett Acre Primary School, Harrogate - partially open
  • Springwater School, Harrogate - partially open
  • Starbeck Community Primary School - partially open
  • Thornton-in-Craven Community Primary School - partially open

Leeds City Council

  • St James' Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Wetherby - closed

Bradford Council

  • Aire View Infant School, Silsden - closed (the school will be open for morning nursery and Year 2 Kingfishers)
  • Ilkley Grammar School - partially open (the school will be open to Year 7 and 12 students only, and the Year 6 transition day will run as planned)
  • Steeton Primary School - closed