Members of the NASUWT - The Teachers’ Union at Ysgol Bryn Alyn in Wrexham are taking the first of three planned days of strike action over restructuring, potential job loss and adverse management practice relating to the misuse of support plans.
The school is operating a restructuring process that has seen the loss of a number of Head of Department roles whilst at the same time employing new staff to senior vacancies.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“In anticipation of the changes to the curriculum, employers at Ysgol Bryn Alyn have jumped the gun and moved ahead with unnecessary staffing restructuring, threatening the jobs of subject leaders and causing concern and uncertainty for teachers.
“Unfortunately, this is a growing trend across schools in Wales and it seems that there is a failure to recognise that when the New Curriculum reforms are eventually implemented their success will depend on having available the capacity, dedication and skill of teachers.
“Too many schools are simply using the curriculum reforms as an excuse to make staffing changes, putting the livelihood of teachers and the quality of education of pupils at risk.
“No teacher takes strike action lightly but there is no other option left to them.
“The NASUWT remains ready to engage with the employer to find a resolution to this dispute.”
Siôn Amlyn, NASUWT National Executive Member for Wrexham, said:
“The fact that members have faced a redundancy process whilst at the same time the school has been recruiting for senior middle leadership roles has left members feeling angry and undervalued.
“Skilled teacher roles are being lost at a time when they are arguably needed more than ever to deliver the demands of the new curriculum.
“To add insult to injury, teachers at the school have also had to face an aggressive command and control management style that has left many facing unwarranted and humiliating so-called support plans. The NASUWT’s request for an independent assessment has been rejected by the employer.
“Teachers who are simply trying to do their job should not be faced with bullying, intimidation and potential job loss.“