Union's warning ahead of teaching strike

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


UPDATED 19:04*

THE targeting of schools by Ofsted has led to a climate of fear on the Isle of Wight, according to a teaching union ahead of tomorrow's (Wednesday) strike.

As teachers across the country prepare to strike over workload, bureaucracy and pay, the Isle of Wight branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) warned the Isle of Wight faced a recruitment crisis.

It said many schools were introducing pay policies that would make it harder to attract good teachers, while the use of unqualified teachers was increasing.

In December Ofsted described the Isle of Wight as the greatest challenge in the region, while in recent weeks redundancies have been announced at several schools.

An Isle of Wight NUT spokesman said: "On the Isle of Wight, the targeting of schools by Ofsted has introduced a climate of fear. With numerous teachers being forced to leave the profession early, the Island is sleepwalking into a teacher and headteacher recruitment crisis."

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union 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.

"Teachers’ levels of workload are intolerable — the Government’s own survey, published last month, showed 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 as are many others.

"This is bad for children and bad for education."

See below for a full list of how Isle of Wight schools will be affected. This will be updated with the latest information from the Isle of Wight Council.


Confirmed as open

All Saints

Arreton St George's


Chillerton and Rookley

Dover Park

Gatten and Lake


Holy Cross







St Francis

St Helens

St Saviour's





Partially open

Binstead - Endeavour Class and Challenger Class closed, all other classes open

Carisbrooke - Classes 1N and 2P closed - all the other year 1 and 2 classes open

Greenmount - Closed to children in Reception, Y2, Y3 and Y5 
Classes in Y1, Y4, Y6 and Resourced Provision open as normal 

Nettlestone - Year 4 closed - all other years open as normal  

Newchurch - Open for Years 4 and 5 only

Shalfleet - Open for all classes except Reception and Year 2

St Blasius - Reception and year 2 closed - all others year groups open as normal

St Mary's - Closed to years Reception, Y2, Y3 and Y5

St Thomas of Canterbury - Closed to years Y1, Y2, Y4, Y5 and Y6

The Bay - Classes open will be: RRB, 3SW, 3KB,  4JC, 6MP,  6RS,  6SJ

Weston Academy - Closed to Years Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5.  Years R/1 and 6 open as normal

Confirmed as closed


Nine Acres


Confirmed as open

Carisbrooke College

Cowes Enterprise College

Island Innovations Sixth Form Campus

Medina College

Partially open

Christ the King College - Closed to Year 7, all other year groups open.
*Ryde Academy - Open to Years 7, 8, 11 and Post 16 only
Sandown Bay Academy - Open to Years 7, 11, 12 and 13


Confirmed as open

Medina House School
St George's School 

Confirmed as open

Clatterford Tuition Centre
Thompson House Tuition Centre

Ryde School - open
Priory School - open

*Revised information from school.


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by Tobie Draper

28th March 2014, at 12:51:46


I'm sure we will do battle in the future over the next strike.

May the force be with you.

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by Den Young

28th March 2014, at 12:49:35

not quite so sure about the team but I wish you luck in your adventures

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by Tobie Draper

28th March 2014, at 12:25:46

We're on the same team Den. A better education system for all children!

We will get there.

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by Tobie Draper

28th March 2014, at 12:19:02

I live and breathe those issues everyday and as a current teacher in special education, I see first hand the destructiveness of them

I just want a better system and maybe strikes aren't the way to get it but hey, that doesn't solve them either

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by Tobie Draper

28th March 2014, at 12:13:54

Indeed, but the issues we have now weren't around then.

Strikes are messy and I don't really agree with it either, but I fully grasp the seriousness of the issues that prompted it

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by Den Young

28th March 2014, at 12:09:52

thankyou then Steve, and all done with no strikes

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by Tobie Draper

28th March 2014, at 12:00:03

(This isn't aimed at you Den) Some people think that just because they have been to school themselves, or have children currently at school, they are the font of all knowledge on matters in teaching and have the right to make sweeping generalisations and statements about the issues. (yes I understand about freedom of speech)

I however, would not make any comments about a Doctors working conditions or a fireman as I am not one or have any experience in this field

Can you at least see my exasperation at this?

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by Tobie Draper

28th March 2014, at 11:53:48

I do not think I am superior to anyone with an opposite view to mine, just as long as it has some informed backbone. I would prefer this anyway, it makes for a thrilling and challenging debate

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by Tobie Draper

28th March 2014, at 11:51:49

I have already stated this and apologise for any offence caused. I am so passionate about the amazing work my colleagues do.

I can take critisism, as long as it is informed by fact and truth, not blind opinion. That is why I will urge people to speak to schools and heads about theese matters to educate themselves.

No, the good for you comment is genuine. We are very pleased for your family. No sarcasm.

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by Den Young

28th March 2014, at 11:47:17

difficult one that, because I brought my kids up to think the same as me and in most cases they do, so I can wait for a comment about there is no hope. you really do need to learn to take a bit of criticism especially in your position, I know you keep saying you don't want any personal comments but you have delivered your fair share in the opposite direction, do I take the comment from your father as a compliment or a sarcastic remark?

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