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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Shenley Academy and Sixth Form in Birmingham are taking strike action on Thursday 11th July over adverse management practices, including marking policies which are contributing to excessive workload affecting the health and well-being of members.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers have a right to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace and to have working conditions which reflect their role as skilled professionals.
 
“NASUWT members are deeply disappointed that they have been forced again into taking strike action.
 
“Since the teachers last came out on strike, the NASUWT has worked hard to negotiate with the Employer over the issues of concern. Unfortunately, these issues remain unresolved.
 
“We urge the Employer to recognise the strength of feeling of teachers at school and to commit to working constructively with the NASUWT to resolve these issues swiftly.
 
“The working practices are not only unacceptable they also fail to respect teachers’ professionalism.
 
“The continuing intransigence of the school management is a further reflection of the lack of respect being shown to teachers and their concerns.”
 
Debbie Hayton, NASUWT National Executive Member for Birmingham, said:
 
“The NASUWT has been forced into taking this strike action as a result of the continued failure of the employer to address the deep concerns of members about the way in which they are being managed and a culture in the school which is adversely affecting their ability to do their best for the pupils they teach.
 
“A particular concern is the school’s enforced marking policy in which teachers have been made to attend sessions while school management supervise their marking. This disempowers and devalues teachers. These are highly skilled professionals who are being treated unacceptably.
 
“The NASUWT regrets any disruption caused by the strike action to pupils and parents, but this action could have been avoided if the employer had taken seriously our members’ concerns and taken effective action to address them.”

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