|Teachers' Strike Set to Close At Least 20 Schools on Thursday|
Councillor calls on staff to do all they can to keep buildings open
At least 20 of Hammersmith and Fulham's schools will close, and another 15 will be partially closed on Thursday October 17, as teachers belonging to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) strike for one day over pay, conditions and pensions.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council say that according to the latest information, ten schools will remain fully open, while another eight have not yet informed the council of their decision. You can see the full list of closures at a dedicated website page which the council says will be updated as new information is received.
Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Georgie Cooney has called on teachers and staff in the borough's schools to do everything they can to keep their buildings open.
She says: "
We will do everything possible to minimise disruption to residents.
" The welfare of our children is the most important thing and schools have carried out health and safety risk assessments based on the number of staff likely to be at work before deciding whether to close or remain open."
The NUT has produced a leaflet giving its members' reasons for striking. The union's General Secretary Christine Blower says: " The NUT sincerely regrets the disruption that will be caused by strike action on Thursday for children and parents.
"Teachers, however, feel they have no other choice to demonstrate their concerns about the Government’s proposals because Michael Gove:
October 15, 2013