Parents across Greater Manchester are today being warned that their child’s school may be among the hundreds closed on Thursday due to strike action by teachers.
A day-long strike is expected across Manchester and Liverpool, organised by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).
The industrial action by the unions, which represent nine out of every 10 teachers in the UK, will see hundreds of schools across the region closed because of the lack of staff.
The unions say the strike is caused by Education Secretary Michael Gove’s failure to acknowledge the extent of teacher’s dissatisfaction and ‘crumbling morale’.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “Unfortunately, despite our willingness to engage constructively to resolve the dispute and avoid strike action, the Secretary of State seems determined to continue arrogantly to disregard the concerns of teachers.
“Teachers, children, young people and parents deserve better than a Secretary of State who prefers reckless game playing to constructive dialogue.”
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT, added: “Responsibility for strike action on June 27 rests firmly with the Secretary of State. He has utterly failed to engage with NASUWT and NUT on the critical issues of our disputes.
“We stand ready to meet the Secretary of State at any time to resolve our disputes. It is now for the Secretary of State to approach this dispute in a serious and constructive manner to achieve a resolution.”
Bollin Primary School in Bowdon, Altrincham, is one such school set to close this week – headteacher Adam Gifford sent a letter out, seen by Mancunian Matters, to parents last Tuesday.
It read: "The decision to close the school or send pupils home is never taken lightly, but in this instance, where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, we have no choice but to take appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all pupils."
The strike is likely to cause disruption across the Greater Manchester area as parents rush to arrange childcare for the day.
Parents are being asked by local authorities to check the website of their child’s school for up to date information about the strike.
Here is a break down of which schools will be affected across Greater Manchester. This will be updated as we collate the information
Salford school closures
Boothstown Methodist Primary School
Pupil referral units
All Saints CE Primary - part closed
Butterstile Primary - closed to all pupils
Chantlers Primary - part closed
Chapelfield Primary School - closed to all pupils
Chesham Primary - closed to all pupils
Christ Church Ainsworth CE primary - closed to all pupils
East Ward Primary - closed to all pupils
Elton Primary - Yr 4/5 mixed class open
Fairfield Primary - Yr 4 closed only
Gorsefield Primary - closed to all pupils
Greenhill Primary - part closed
Greenmount Prmary - open for Year 6 only
Hazelhurst Primary - part closed
Heaton Park Primary - part closed
Higher Lane Primary - part closed
Hollins Grundy Primary - part closed
Mersey Drive Primary - part closed. Foundation Unit and Bridges closed
Old Hall Primary - part closed
Our Lady of Grace RC Primary - part closed
Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary - part closed
Park View Primary - closed to all pupils
Peel Park Primary School
Radcliffe Primary - closed to all pupils
Ribble Drive Primary - part closed
Sedgley Park Primary - part closed
Springside Primary - EYFS/Yr1/Yr 6 closed
St Andrew's CE Primary, Radcliffe - closed to all pupils
St Andrew's CE Primary, Ramsbottom - Yrs 2 and 6 open
St Bernadette's RC Primary - closed to all pupils
St Hilda's CE Primary - part closed
St John with St Mark CE Primary - part closed
St Joseph and St Bede RC Primary - one class open only
St Joseph's RC Primary, Ramsbottom - part closed
St Luke's CE Primary - closed to all pupils
St Margaret's CE Primary - closed to all pupils
St Marie's RC Primary - closed to all pupils
St Mary's RC Primary, Radcliffe - part closed
St Thomas' CE Primary - part closed
St Michael's RC Primary - open for the Year 5 class only
Summerseat Methodist Primary - open for classes 1/3/4 and class 2 (pm only)
Sunny Bank Primary - part closed
Unsworth Primary - part closed
Wesley Methodist Primary - part closed
Woodbank Primary - open to Year 6 pupils only
Broad Oak - closed to all pupils
Bury CE High - closed to all pupils
Castlebrook High - closed to all pupils
Parrenthorn High - closed to all pupils
Philips High - closed to all pupils
Prestwich Arts College - closed to all pupils
St Gabriel's RC High - closed to all pupils
St Monica's RC High - closed to all pupils
The Derby High - closed to all pupils
The Elton High School - closed to all pupils
Tottington High - closed to all pupils
Woodhey High School - closed to all pupils
Millwood Primary Special School - closed to all pupils
Elms Bank Specialist Arts College - closed to all pupils
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