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Members of the NASUWT - The Teachers’ Union at Caerleon Comprehensive School in Newport are taking the first of three planned days of strike action on Thursday (6 February) over staff restructuring and potential job loss.

NASUWT members at Llanwern High School, also in Newport, have already taken three days of strike action last month over the same issues, with a further three days planned next week.
Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said:

“As at Llanwern, the NASUWT has not heard any convincing arguments for why this proposed restructuring is necessary.

“We regret any disruption this strike action has on pupils or parents but we hope they will understand that this action is about safeguarding the provision of high-quality education at the school, delivered by experienced and skilled teaching staff.

“We remain ready to work with the employer to find an alternative plan for the future of education provision at Caerleon which protects teachers’ jobs and supports pupils to achieve their best.”

Jane Setchfield, NASUWT National Executive Member for South East Wales, said:

“Caerleon Comprehensive is falling into the trap of restructuring its middle leadership along the lines of the New Curriculum. By doing this they will do great damage to the academic leadership in the school which is the main driver of standards.

“The very people who can make the New Curriculum a success without damaging standards are being targeted for demotion and potential job loss.

“We appeal to the employer to work with us constructively to find a resolution to this dispute which safeguards teachers’ jobs and supports those who are at the frontline to make the reforms to the curriculum a success.”


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