Search

Video: Newham teachers take part in national strike

15:52 26 March 2014

Teachers from Newham stood out with their colouful banners

Teachers from Newham stood out with their colouful banners

Archant

Teachers from schools across the borough joined their colleagues in a national one day strike over pay, pensions and work conditions.

Although some took part in pickets at several schools which were partially open on March 26, many headed into central London for a good natured march that took them to Westminster. All agreed that the strike was not about a single issue - they mentioned pay, pensions, performance related pay as well as workloads and long working hours.

Of the borough’s 90 schools, 45 were partially open, 33 were closed and 11 were open.

Miriam Scharf, NUT representative at Forest Gate Community School in Forest Gate, manned a picket line and took part in the march.

She said: “There are many issues; it began with pensions then went to pay but the majority of teachers are out today because their job has become impossible to do well. Teachers are under tremendous stress and we think the children are under stress too.

“We want a better education system and we want to be happy in our job.”

Boyko Djouranov, 51, said the strike was “symbolic- its a message but it is a weak message. We know the public supports us but the people at the top need ti hear it too.” He said the strike needs to be followed up with additional action.

Other teachers raised concerns about working conditions. Caroline Austin, who lives in Newham but teaches in Tower Hamlets, said: “We have not had a pay rise for two years and we want to make sure that children are taught by qualified teachers who have a good work life balance.

“I think generally, parents support us, but many are not aware of the issues like the size of classes and how long teachers work.”

Paul Palech-Edwards, who works in Plaistow, said: “The workload is unsustainable and it is driving out a lot of teachers. A lot of young people who join the profession are leaving in the first five years.”

Scott Cook, who teaches at Newham Sixth Form College in Plaistow, said the profession was being undermine. He also expressed concerns about the impact of cuts to funding for sixth formers.

0 comments

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 09:00
Newham GPs are urging people to make an appointment if they notice possible symptoms of heart and lung disease

Doctors in Newham are encouraging residents not to ignore chest symptoms that could be signs of serious diseases such as cancer.

NHS
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The scheme is part of the £3.7billion regeneration programme for Canning Town and Custom House.

Plans to transform Custom House through a multi-million-pound redevelopment scheme have been given the green light.

Newham Council
Friday, July 22, 2016
Bradley Quaresma was 'always smiling'

Family and friends have been paying tribute to a man that was found dead in a Stratford park yesterday.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Police outside West Ham Lane Recreation Ground

A third person has been arrested following the death of a 20-year-old man in West Ham Lane Recreation Ground yesterday afternoon.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Read more
£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now