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Teachers from NEU union to strike in England and Wales | When and Where

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Teachers have decided to strike over pay in England and Wales on 7 days during February and March, the National Education Union (NEU) has today announced. 90% of NEU teachers were in support of striking. 

National strikes across England & Wales are scheduled for 1st February, 15th and 16th March… Welcome to the Home School Remix 2023!

The NEU is the UK’s largest education union, and says the strike will impact over 23,400 schools across the nation.

Gillian Keegan, the Education Secretary, says she plans to meet with the union leaders later this week.

Whilst head teachers are expected to take “all reasonable steps” to keep schools open for as many pupils as possible during a strike.

Speaking of head teachers, though, they will not strike in England after a ballot by the NAHT union failed to meet the legally-required 50% turnout threshold but they will consider re-running the ballot because of alleged disruption caused by postal strikes.

 

When are NEU teachers striking?

These planned teacher strikes will happen both nationally and regionally, in schools as well as sixth-form colleges and will take place on the following days:

  • 1 February: All schools in England and Wales
  • 14 February: All schools in Wales (Cancel those Valentines Day plans…)
  • 28 February: North and north-west England, Yorkshire and Humber
  • 1 March: East Midlands, West Midlands, and the NEU’s eastern region
  • 2 March: South-east and south-west England, and London
  • 15 and 16 March: Two-day strike of all schools in England and Wales

Teaching support staff in England and Wales have also voted in favour of striking but in England they failed to meet the legal threshold so will not be taking part.

The majority of state-run & funded school teachers in England and Wales had a 5% pay rise in 2022, but due to high inflation the NEU says this rise actually equates to a pay cut.

The education secretary, Gillian Keegan, says the planned strike action is “deeply disappointing“.

She stated that the UK government has already met unions’ request for an additional £2bn in school funding “which will take real-terms spending on schools to its highest level in history“.

“Any strike action from one union will have a damaging impact on pupils’ education and wellbeing, particularly following the disruption experienced over the past two years,” she adds.

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