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School closures planned as teachers set to go on strike

National Union of Teachers industrial action is in protest at excessive workloads and bureaucracy, performance related pay and pensions

A National Union of Teachers (NUT) strike is set to cause some disruption at schools in Hart and Rushmoor on Wednesday (March 26).

The industrial action is being taken in protest at excessive workload and bureaucracy, performance related pay and changes to pensions.

Rallies will be held in London and other parts of the country.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: "Teachers deeply regret the disruption caused by this strike action to parents and teachers.

"The government’s refusal, however, to engage to resolve the dispute means that we have no alternative other than to demonstrate the seriousness of our concerns."

A government survey, published earlier this year, showed that primary school teachers work nearly 60 hours a week and secondary school teachers work nearly 56 hours a week. Two in five teachers are leaving the profession in the first five years of teaching.

See below for schools affected by the strike:

  • Henry Tyndale School, Ship Lane, Farnborough: partially closed - Class 4, 8, 10 and 6th Form closed
  • Robert May's School, West Street, Odiham: partially closed
  • South Farnborough Junior School, Cunnington Road, Farnborough: full closure
  • Yateley School, open to all students except Years 8 and 9

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