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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will begin action short of strike action from Monday 24 February in furtherance of the Union’s dispute with the Isle of Man Government over pay, pensions and conditions of service.

The action which will be taken will not disrupt pupils’ learning.

Teachers will continue to prepare for their timetabled lessons, mark and assess pupils’ work and support extra-curricular activities which are part of a recognised ongoing qualification, where students have already paid to enter a competition or where a school trip for which parents have already paid has been organised.

Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary (Acting), said:

“Our action is designed to be pupil and parent friendly.

“During the action short of strike action pupils will continue to be taught as normal.

“The action will target activities which are unnecessarily driving up teachers’ workloads and which are diverting them from focusing on their core role of teaching and managing pupils’ learning.

“We hope pupils and parents will support the action we are taking and recognise the need for teachers to have pay and working conditions which enable them to provide high-quality education for all pupils.

“Since 2010, teachers and school leaders have year after year faced the erosion of their pay, amounting to real-terms pay cuts of a third.

“This is jeopardising the recruitment and retention of teachers.

“It also comes at a time when teachers’ workload is continuing to rise and changes are being proposed to pensions which would substantially worsen the arrangements for teachers.

“Action would not be necessary if ministers had agreed to our numerous requests to sit down and genuinely engage with us to resolve the matters under dispute.

“We hope parents will join with us in pressing the Government to urgently address the concerns of teachers and school leaders.”

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