Poll: What do you think about today’s national teachers’ strike?

PUBLISHED: 12:02 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:46 26 March 2014

Official picket at Sprowston High School; Photo credit: Submitted.

Official picket at Sprowston High School; Photo credit: Submitted.


Dozens of schools across the region are closed or partially closed by today’s national teachers’ strike.

The strike, by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), is over pay, pensions and conditions, and Norfolk teachers will hold a rally outside The Forum in Norwich at noon.

The Government has branded the strike as bad for children’s education and unpopular with parents.

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.

“Teachers’ levels of workload are intolerable – the Government’s own survey, published last month, shows 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 as are many others. This is bad for children and bad for education.”

Official picket at Sprowston High School; Photo credit: Submitted. Official picket at Sprowston High School; Photo credit: Submitted.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government’s measures to let heads pay good teachers more.

“They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and talks have been taking place weekly.

“Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is taking action that will disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”

To find out how your local school is affected, see the list below.

• Are you a parent affected by the strike, or a teacher who is on strike? Tell us what you think below, or email

As of 9.15am today (Wednesday) 77 schools in Norfolk were closed or partially closed. They are:

Angel Road Infant School (NR3 3HR) - Partial closure Miss F Reception class and Mrs A Y1 class are the only classes open

Angel Road Junior School (NR3 3HS) - Partial closure due to industrial action 6B, 6R, 6W, 5MC and 4K remain open

Archbishop Sancroft CE High School (IP20 9DD) - The school is open for Year 11 only.

Attleborough Junior School (NR17 2NA) - Closed due to industrial action, open as usual tomorrow

Avenue Junior School (NR2 3HP) -

Bacton Community Primary School (NR12 0EY) - The school is partially closed due to strike action with only the Key stage 2 class open.

Barnham Broom CE VA Primary School (NR9 4BU) - Strike action

Bawdeswell Community Primary School (NR20 4RR) - Woodlands 2, Penguins and Dolphins Classes closed due to NUT Strike Action. Woodlands 1 is open as usual.

Bignold Primary School (NR2 2SP) - Closed due to industrial action.

Bluebell Primary School (NR4 7DS) - School is closed due to industrial action.

Browick Road Infant School (NR18 0QW) - School closed due to industrial action.

Brundall School (NR13 5JX) - Due to Industrial action the school will be open to only three classes: Peacocks Year 1 Kookaburras Year 2 Owls Year 5. Penguins, Toucans, Puffins, Orioles and Dodos will not be open and we ask parents with children in those classes to make alternative arrangements for your child.

Bunwell Primary School (NR16 1SN) - The school will have insufficient teachers due to the industrial action due to take place on this day

Caston CE VA Primary School (NR17 1DD) - School closed due to industrial action. There will be insufficient teaching staff in school to safely allow the school to be open for children.

Cavell Primary & Nursery School (NR1 2LR) - Partial closure- Nursery, Y1,Yr2,Yr3,Yr4-other classes open as usual

Cecil Gowing Infant School (NR7 8NZ) - Cecil Gowing Infant School will be closed Wednesday 26th March owing to teacher strike action. SOS club and Once Upon A Time Nursery will remain open.

Chapel Road School (NR17 2DS) - Closed to pupils as unable to operate safely and effectively due to reduced number in teaching staff who are following action called by their Union. School open to all staff not taking action.

Colman Infant School (NR4 7AW) -

Colman Junior School (NR4 7AU) - NUT Industrial Action

Coltishall Primary School (NR12 7HA) - Partial closure due to NUT Strike Action. Chestnut (Year 4) and Oak (Year 5) classes open as normal. Breakfast Club, After School Club and WildLife club running as normal.

Corpusty Primary School (NR11 6QG) - Due to NUT strike action.

Dickleburgh CE VC Primary School (IP21 4NL) - NUT strike action - the school will be partially closed. No school at all for classes 2,3 and 4. Class5 are expected to attend from 8.45 - 1.15 and Class1 should be in school from 11.00 until 3.30. There are limited breakfast and after school facilities.

Diss High School (Academy) (IP22 4DH) - The school is open to Year 11 and Sixth Formers for independent private study.

Diss Infants & Nursery School With Children’s Centre (IP22 4PU) - Strike action. Partial closure - just one class.

Downham Market Academy (PE38 9LL) - Partial closure to year 7,8 and 9 due to industrial action by NUT members. Students in Years 10 and 11 and Sixth Form students should attend as normal.

Drayton CE VC Junior School (NR8 6EF) - Partial closure for pupils in 3L and 4M. School is open for all other classes.

Drayton Community Infant School (NR8 6EP) - The school will be closed due to the majority of teaching staff striking.

Dussindale Primary School (NR7 0US) - Industrial action

Fairstead Community Primary & Nursery School (PE30 4RR) - Closed due to strike action.

Falcon Junior School (NR7 8NT) - Partial closure due to industrial action. School is open to Y6 and Y3 pupils only

Firside Junior School (NR6 5NF) - Partial closure due to NUT national day of action (strike). Letter already sent home details classes unaffected by the action.

Garboldisham CE VC Primary School (IP22 2SE) - Only year 3/4 class closed, rest of school OPEN. Industrial action.

Garrick Green Infants School (NR6 7AL) -

Gooderstone CE VA Primary School (PE33 9BP) -

Harleston CE VA Primary School (IP20 9HG) - NUT Strike action means we will be closed for pupils in Year 3,4,5 and 6

Hempnall Primary School (NR15 2AD) - School partially closed. Oak Class and Willow Class closed. Rowan and Conifer Open.

Henderson Green Primary School (NR5 8DZ) - PARTIAL CLOSURE. Due to strike action school will be closed for children in Reception and Key Stage 1 ONLY (Willow class, Rowan class and Hazel class). Children in Key Stage 2 should come to school as normal (Beech, Aspen and Elm class).

Hevingham Primary School (NR10 5NH) - Due to the national teachers strike we are unable to maintain adequate levels of health and safety.

Highgate Infant School (PE30 2PS) - Year 2 only closed

Hilgay Village VC Primary School (PE38 0JL) - Partial closure alpha class closed all day, beta closed am only children to come in at 12pm -gamma class open all day.

Hillside Avenue Primary & Nursery School (NR7 0QW) - Due to the NUT teachers strike, the school will be partially closed.

Hobart High School (Academy) (NR14 6JU) - Due to the NUT strike action we will be open to Years 10 and 11 only. The PE exam will run as planned. We will be closed to all students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Kinsale Junior School (NR6 5SG) - Partial closure due to NUT strike action, classes 3R and 5C are closed.

Lionwood Junior School (NR1 4HT) - Industrial Action

Litcham School (PE32 2NS) - Partial closure - industrial action. Primary phase (Years R to 6) - OPEN. Secondary Phase Years 7 to 9 CLOSED. Secondary Phase Years 10 and 11 - OPEN

Loddon Infant & Nursery School (NR14 6JX) - School closed for Woodpeckers, Robins and Peregrines classes due to strike action. Other classes open as usual.

Marsham Primary School (NR10 5AE) - Due to the national teachers strike we are unable to maintain adequate health and safety levels for our pupils.

Mattishall Primary School (NR20 3AA) - Industrial Action.

Mulbarton Junior School (NR14 8JG) - Partial closure due to industrial action

Mundesley Junior School (NR11 8LE) - The school is closed to children in all classes, other than Boudicca class, due to industrial action by the NUT. Children in Boudicca class should attend as normal.

Nightingale First School (NR8 6LA) - Nightingale is partially closed due to the NUT strike. Please see school website for information on individual classes.

North Walsham Infant School & Nursery (NR28 9HG) - Panda and Owl Classes are closed due to strike action. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Notre Dame High School (Academy) (NR1 3PB) - Due to Industrial Action the school is closed to students in Y7-11 only, the VI Form is open as normal

Old Buckenham High School (NR17 1RL) - Partial school closure due to NUT strike action (closed to years 7, 8, 9 & 10 - open for Year 11s to do supervised independent study).

Queensway Infant School & Nursery (IP24 3DR) - Partial closure. Nursery, class 2 and class 5 will be closed due to industrial action. All other classes are open.

Recreation Road Infant School (NR2 3PA) -

Reffley Community School & Nursery (PE30 3SF) -

Sidestrand Hall School (NR27 0NH) -

Southery Primary School (PE38 0PA) - School closed due to NUT industrial action. Sorry

Sparhawk Infant School & Nursery (NR7 8BU) - School closed due to industrial action.

Sprowston Community High School (NR7 8NE) - Strike action by NUT: School open for Years 11, 12 and 13 students and not other year groups. Staff to follow arrangements for the day.

St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School (NR2 3QB) - Closed to pupils as unable to operate safely and effectively due to reduced number in teaching staff who are following action called by their Union.

St. Mary’s RC VA Primary & Nursery School (NR31 6QY) - Due to the National Union of Teachers one-day industrial action, the school is closed today for: Nursery class, Reception class and Y4. All other classes will be open to their children as usual.

St. Nicholas Ce Va Priory Junior School (NR30 1NL) - Partial closure due to industrial action. Classes 3BW, 3SW, 3F, 4B, 4S, 5M and 5S are closed. Classes 4K, 5D, 5Y, 6A, 6F, 6L and 6R are open.

Stradbroke Community Primary School (NR31 6LZ) - Partial closure. Please see school website or contact school for further details.

Surlingham Community Primary School (NR14 7DQ) -

Swaffham CE VC Infant School (PE37 7RF) - Teacher’s strike

Taverham High School (Academy) (NR8 6HP) - We regret that the school will be closed to students in Years 7-10 due to national strike action by the NUT. School open as usual to all students in Years 11-13. Please check our website for more details.

Taverham VC Junior School (NR8 6SX) - Partial closure due to NUT strike action. The school will be open for the following classes only: 3F (Malta); 3N (Netherlands); 4L (Morocco); 4P (Kenya) and 5PH (Argentina). Y6 residential trip will go ahead as planned.

The Hewett School (NR1 2PL) - Main school closure for Years 7-11 due to strike action

The Parkside School (NR2 3JA) - Squirrel, Ladybird, Beech and Holly Classes will be closed for the day. All other classes will attend school as normal.

Thurlton Primary School (NR14 6RN) - School closed due to the teacher’s strike.

Valley Primary School (NR5 8XZ) - Due to industrial action by members of the NUT, Valley Primary School will only be open to the pupils in reception and year 4

Wensum Junior School (NR2 4HB) - Partial closure

West Earlham Infant School (NR5 8HT) - Closed to Reception-Year 2 due to strike action. Nursery open as usual. Some Adult learning still running.

West Winch Primary School (PE33 0LA) - School is closed today due to strike action by members of the NUT.

White Woman Lane Junior School (NR6 7JA) - Due to industrial action school is closed for Years 3,4 and 5. School is OPEN for Year 6 pupils.

Schools in Suffolk:

Crowfoot CP School, Beccles, partially open

Sir John Leman High School, Beccles, partially open

St Benet’s Catholic Primary School, Beccles, partially open

The Glade CP School, Brandon, partially open

St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School, Bungay, partially open

Meadow CP School, Lowestoft, partially open

Poplars CP School, Lowestoft, partially open

Roman Hill Primary School, Lowestoft, partially open

The Ashley School Academy Trust, Lowestoft, closed

The Benjamin Britten High School, Lowestoft, partially open

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