Teachers’ strike looks set to continue

TEACHERS have launched their sixth week of strikes at Rawmarsh, and will be out for another three days next week unless their terms are met.

It is understood both the headteacher and governors at Rawmarsh Community School are keen to talk with NUT representatives, with a possible meeting due to take place at the end of this week.

NUT members were in school for a recent Ofsted inspection, and said they received good feedback from inspectors. Their dispute follows a planned programme of redundancies to help the school ‘out of the red’.

Teachers claim the job loss is unacceptable, that pupils will suffer as staff numbers diminish, and that schools can manage deficits without the need for compulsory redundancies.

They do not accept claims by headteacher Dr Stuart Wilson that class sizes will remain low in the improving school despite reduced staffing.

A Rotherham Council spokesman said: “Rawmarsh faces a challenge with its funding although the situation with falling pupils numbers there does mean it is in the most serious immediate position of all local schools”.