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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Mill Hill School in North London are taking the first of seven days of planned strike action tomorrow (Thursday) over workload and working conditions.

The school is pressing ahead with changes which will increase teachers’ workload and is also cutting paid time off for staff to care for sick children and for key dates of religious observance.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The proposals by the school will increase teachers’ workload and will, in our view, have a detrimental impact on the quality of teaching and pastoral care. 

“We have made every effort to seek to negotiate with the employer, but in the absence of any positive moves by the school we have been left with no other option than to begin strike action.

“We appeal to the employer to do what is right for staff and students and agree to work with us to resolve members’ concerns.”
 
Ruth Duncan, NASUWT National Executive Member for North West London, said:

“Previously, paid time off for key dates of religious observance and to care for sick children has been provided.

“Now pay for days of religious observance has been removed unless staff agree to work additional weekend days and pay for caring for sick children has been limited to just two days per year.

“Despite staff concerns and the lack of a clear benefit to the school of these new policies, the school is refusing to move on these issues.

“This has exacerbated the anger and frustration of teachers on top of the issues of workload and working hours.

“Teachers at Mill Hill just want to have working conditions that treat them with respect and which enable them to give their best to the pupils they teach.”

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