Teachers strike over poor management and bad behaviour

By Laura Payne 07/03 Updated: 12/03 16:33

FIFTY teachers have gone on strike at a school over claims of poor management and pupils' bad behaviour.

The teachers, who are members of the NASUWT teachers union, walked out today (Wednesday) at Castle Vale Performing Arts College as they began three days of strike action.

The school was closed to all students except those in Year 11 who are preparing for their GCSEs.

There have been reports of students taking blades into school, committing verbal and racial abuse and physical assault against staff.

In November last year 100 pupils walked out in protest over changes to their English course.

Headteacher Clive Owen said he was disappointed strike action had been taken, saying it would damage the students education.

He said: "I am disappointed and disturbed that the union have chosen to damage the education of our children in this way and this at a time when many students are close to taking their important GCSE examinations.

"We have year 11 students in for lessons that can be run as normal and will use other time to support them with coursework. Other year groups have been asked to remain at home.

"A number of meetings with the union have been held to avoid this."

NASUWT say they have been in negotiations with school management for over two years about pupil behaviour.

Anne Brimacombe, from the union, said: "We feel that the management and governing body are not setting the ethos for good behaviour in the school and this is from small low level incidents to quite serious incidents culminating last November with 100 pupils walking out of the school."

The school has one of the lowest GCSE results in Birmingham with just 29 per cent of students gaining five or more A* to C grades.

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