Lowestoft high school to be hit by strikes

The teachers on strike outside Benjamin Britten High School last week

The teachers on strike outside Benjamin Britten High School last week - Credit: Archant

Teachers at a Lowestoft high school will be on strike again tomorrow and Thursday over what their unions claim is an unfair pay policy.

Benjamin Britten High School headteacher Andrew Hine.

Benjamin Britten High School headteacher Andrew Hine. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Members of the NASUWT and the NUT will be taking industrial action at Benjamin Britten High School resulting in only year seven students having to attend.

Tomorrow and Thursday's strikes follow similar industrial action last Wednesday when members of the NASUWT did not enter the school, resulting in 200 year 10 students having a day off.

The dispute is the first of its kind for Suffolk and is over the school's pay policy, which was introduced earlier this year by governors.

Today governors and union representatives held crunch talk over the dispute, and while no settlement was reached, headteacher Andrew Hine said a further set of talks had been planned.


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Mr Hine said: 'The governors were pleased to have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the NASUWT and the NUT to discuss the pay policy face to face.

'Although discussions have been comprehensive and the governors have gained a good understanding of the union concerns, an agreement has yet to be reached and we have agreed to continue discussions.

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'The strikes this week will take place as planned whilst the unions consider the schools written response. Governors also met with teachers who made their views known to them in a positive and constructive manner.'

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