Schools across the area have been affected by a one-day strike today.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are walking out after voting by more than nome to one in favour of industrial action over pay and conditions.
The union said its demands were to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.
Kevin Courtney, acting general secretary of the NUT, said: “The NUT is not taking action lightly. In light of the huge funding cuts to schools, worsening terms and conditions, and unmanageable and exhausting workloads, teachers cannot be expected to go on without significant change.
“The effects on children’s education are also real and damaging. As a result of school funding cuts, class sizes in primary and secondary schools are increasing, subject choices are being cut, and children are getting less individual attention as teachers and support staff are made redundant or not replaced when they leave.
“There is worse to come, with the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicting that the biggest real-terms cuts to per-pupil funding in a generation are on the way.”
A statement from West Sussex County Council, issued on Thursday, said: “Decisions about whether to close a school for the day are taken by individual headteachers and governing bodies. If a school remains open the headteacher and governing body need to check they have appropriate staffing arrangements in place to ensure the safety of pupils.
“The County Council has stressed that the industrial action is the result of a national dispute between the Government and the teaching union and it has no control of the situation locally.”
According to West Sussex County Council’s website, schools currently affected in the Worthing, Shoreham and Littlehampton areas are as follows:-
• Durrington High School, Worthing: Partially closed. The school will be open for Y7 and Y8 but closed for Y9 and Y10 on Tuesday 5 July due to strike action.
• East Preston Junior School, East Preston: Closed. Closed on Tuesday, July 5, due to strike action.
• The Globe Primary Academy, Lancing: Partially closed. All classes in Year 2 and Year 3 are closed on Tuesday, July 5, due to strike action. Year 5 – Syria class is closed. All other classes are open.
• Seaside Primary School, Lancing: Partially closed. The following classes are closed on Tuesday, July 5, due to strike action: EYs Seahorse class, Year 3 Lobster class, Year 3 Clownfish class, Year 5 Jellyfish, Year 5 Cormorant class, Year 6 Tigershark class.
• Slindon CofE Primary School, Slindon: Closed. The whole school will be closed on Tuesday, July 5, due to strike action.
• St Nicolas and St Mary CofE Primary School, Shoreham: Partially closed. Classes closed on Tuesday, July 5: Reception (2 classes) – Gray Whales and Blue Whales, Year 1 (2 classes) – Spinner Dolphins and Dusky Dolphins, Year 2 (2 classes) – Penguins and Puffins, Year 3 (2 classes) – Seals and Sealions, Year 4 (1 class) – Seahorse.
• Steyning Grammar School, Steyning: Partially closed. Day school is closed across all year groups on Tuesday, July 5, due to strike action. Boarding houses will remain open for boarding students.
• Swiss Gardens Primary School, Shoreham: Closed. The whole school will be closed on Tuesday, July 5, due to strike action.
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