Teachers to strike at Castle Vale School


Teachers at Castle Vale School will be going on strike for three days during March. Members of the NAS/UWT teaching union, which includes over 50 teachers at the school, are planning to take strike action on Wednesday 7th March, and later in the month on Tuesday and Wednesday 20th and 21st March.
The Union says that their members are protesting about proposals for restructuring the staff, and claim that they have endured adverse management practices and lack of support in dealing with disruptive pupils.

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20 responses to “Teachers to strike at Castle Vale School

  1. street cleaner

    OVER PAID, TOO MANY HOLIDAYS AND BIG PENSIONS SUBSIDISED BY US. ALSO SUBSTANDARD LAZY TEACHING METHODS, SO WHY ARE THEY STRIKING ????????????. NOW ME NO SUBSIDISED PENSION, QUARTER OF TEACHERS HOLIDAYS AND LONGER WORKING WEEK FOR £13000 A YEAR NOT £26000 TO £45000 TEACHERS PER YEAR PAY. ME NO STRIKE AND THEY DO !!!!!!!!, HELLO VALE TEACHERS WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE OH AND SET AN EXAMPLE TO US LOW PAID HARDWORKING VALE PEOPLE WHO PUT OUR CHILDREN IN YOUR HANDS TO BE TAUGHT.

  2. Teachers have a duty of care to your child. I’m sure they wouldn’t strike unless they didn’t think it was the right thing to do for the children of the Vale to get the education they deserve…

  3. I read with interest the above. As a long time resident of Castle Vale I appeal to you teachers to stop this strike now! Do not let this union dictate to you. I urge you to do what you are employed to do and teach the children, you and the union are badly damaging our local schools reputation and it will be so hard to recover. Think again and do what ‘you’ not others think is right!
    Mmm maybe if this carries on you will have no children to teach! l Then there will be no jobs!
    A very disappointed mom

  4. Why don’t you re-read the article again and look at the reasons WHY the strike is taking place. Is it so the teacher’s can have a day off? I think you’ll find that the teachers are fed up with the way things are, poor pupil behaviour, poor exam results, poor Ofsted inspection.
    You need to look at the common factor here to find the root of the problem. Pupil strikes, teacher strikes, I wonder xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx?
    P.s. I’d LOVE to see YOU try and do what these people do on a daily basis. You wouldn’t last a day my friend…

  5. Dear Anon “a duty of care” what a load of bull,,they are only in it for them selves..Its just a way of earning a great deal of money for what.
    Is this there answer to one of the worsed school exam results in britain..

  6. Dear Anonymous,
    From what I understand, for a strike like this to happen don’t members have to take a vote or something? If 50 or so teachers (or a majority of that number that win the vote) say that there is ‘adverse management practices and lack of support dealing with pupil behaviour’ then surely there is some truth in it? It isn’t a case of the Union dictating anything. I’m pretty certain that for teachers to strike (i’ve never heard of this happening before in other schools- the National pensions strike isnt the same thing) a protocol must be followed and strike is the last stop of a road of diplomacy.
    Why is it that this diplomacy has failed i wonder? I’d be pretty interested in hearing from the union on this.
    I would also bet that despite you claim to be ‘a very disappointed mom’ you do not send your kids to the school. My two tell me what goes on and it’s not the teachers who are to blame.

  7. Has anybody actually read this article before moaning?

    The staff are striking over poor management which has dragged the school right down to rock bottom of the league tables.

    So far nobody including the LEA and Ofsted even after complaints has intervened so it is up to the staff and trade unions.

  8. I’m not surprised by this. The responsibility to ‘do’ somthing xxxxxxxxxxxxxx is with the governors and the local education authority. They have failed to act. So first the pupils and now the teachers have taken up the cause. Personally, I take my hat off to them all.

  9. I know someone that works in the school and from what I hear about what them teachers have to put up with on a daily basis xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx well I’m not surprised.

  10. Pupils strike, teachers strike and loads of staff leaving. Rocket science it aint who the culprits are.

  11. oi streetcleaner! if the job of being a teacher is so easy. Why are you not doing it?

    Personally, you couldn’t pay me enough to work there but if its came to strike action, there would have been loads of meetings to try and come to agreements before this happened. I cant see 50 staff being wrong in thinking there must have been problems to warrant this

  12. big brummie

    It’s been a long time coming. Now the school’s looking at Academy status. New head, new governors, new name?

  13. If it does gain academy status it is possible they may replace staff. With regards to strike, although there are over 50 teachers at the school they could still go on strike with a small vote eg if only 25 of the 50 place a vote and 13 vote to strike that is 13 out of 50 but over 50% of the votes taken so make sure they all vote.

    It is a shame this has gone on so long but hopefully it will Improve with academy status.

  14. street cleaner

    OH NEXT TIME I AM CLEANING THE STREETS OF THE VALE AND AND COMP KID THROWS RUBBISH ON THE FOOR AND SWEARS AT ME FOR SAYING PICK IT UP SHOULD I GO ON STRIKE?? THEY GET PAID VERY WELL FOR WHAT THEY DO PLUS MASSIVE STATE BACKED PENSION AND MORE HOLIDAYS THAN THE QUEEN OF SHEBA. IF THE DONT LIKE IT THEY SHOULD APPLY FOR A JOB WITH ME CLEANING THE VALE STREETS. £13000 A YEAR, NO STATE SUBSIDISED PENSION AND ONLY FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT. TEACHING IS A VERY WELL PAID JOB WITH GOOD PERKS. THEY COULD ALWAYSAPPLY TO ASDA, TESCO OR SAINSBURIES FOR A JOB. I WONDER IF THAT WOULD BE TOO STRESSFUL FOR THEM??

  15. Is your caps lock jammed?

  16. Streetcleaner you didn’t answer my question; if the job is so easy and a cushy number, why aren’t you doing it?

    Read the article and realise that it states that they are striking due to management practices which means they don’t like how the school is being run which in turn means that they care about changing it for the benefit of our kids and our community.

    You seem more bitter by the fact that teachers get better holidays than you do than about the reasons for the strike

    P.s. No need to shout, we are all adults

  17. Not all teachers are on strike, a lot of the younger inexperienced teachers are being bullied into striking

  18. dont be so ridiculous! whether you are only in your career 2 years are 20 years, you have the right (and still the respect from your colleagues) if you strike or not.

    95% of the NASUWT staff voted for a stirke and the vote was confidential so no teachers were bullied into this. Get your facts straight and it makes me wonder who you are when writing you are writing such trollop

  19. I attend Castle Vale School, and therefore know and have sen first hand what the teachers have to put up with on a day to day basis, and it is not right!, we have a RIGHT to education but at the same time they have the RIGHT to be able to teach in an environment where they feel safe as well as respected!

    Furthermore, “street cleaner” i’m sure if a young person did use unacceptable language towards yourself I am sure there is regulations/schemes in place which help improve the situation for yourself and teachers should have this right as well however the current behaviour systems are insufficient! As a news article has reported we will be sent home for failing to attend with a pencil-case however not alot is done if a student speaks to a member of staff in a manner which is unacceptable! Personally I think that is a disgrace!

    The teachers at Castle Vale School have received their qualifications and wish to share their knowledge with young people in a, to be totally down to earth, disadvantaged area where very few have GREAT academic success! And the teaching at the school cannot be faulted in a class with good behaviour. I’m in Year 9 currently and have already received one GCSE which I earn’t last year for maths and received a C grade which I only received because of the support and help from my maths teacher (xxxxxxxx) and I am now currently working towards 2 half GCSE’s in RE and Citizenship as well as completing a BTEC which could earn me up to the equivalent of 4 GCSEs

    I got taught don’t judge before you’ve experienced! So unless you have worked in Castle Vale School for a period of time may it be 20 years, 2 years or 2 months, and all the lesson planning as well and marking and APP’s and meetings and other ‘standard events’ DO NOT say whether it is acceptable for those people to strike or not!

    SO YES teacher’s jobs are hard and YES the behaviour at our school IS unacceptable and should NOT be tolerated as it is affecting peoples right’s which are in the UDHR (Universal Decleration of Human Rights) So YES the teachers DO have a RIGHT to strike!

  20. what a load of crap !!! i have had many incidents at castle vale comp where the teachers talk to the pupils like crap on there shoe , they dont realise they speak to the pupils like that there going to react the same . They need to ship the teachers out who cant do there job properly and find a new head master than can control situations happening in his face . Branding the pupils chavs, and out of control is wrong its like any school you have bad pupils but what about the good pupils?