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Schools shut as Essex teachers go on strike
8:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Classrooms across north Essex are empty today as teachers strike over pay, pensions and workload.
Primary and secondary schools across the East of England will be shut or partially closed today as members of the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT strike.
Only three schools in the area, Colchester Academy, Colchester Grammar and Clacton Coastal Academy, are expected to remain fully open.
Tabor Academy, Panfield Lane, Braintree is completely closed.
Alec Hunter Academy, Stubbs Lane, Braintree is open to year seven but closed to years eight to 11.
Notley High School, Notley Road, Braintree is closed for years seven to eleven. Open for sixth form students.
Maltings Academy, Spinks Lane, Witham open to years 11/13 only and New Rickstones Academy open to just years 7, 11, 12, 13.
Michael Gove’s changes will see teachers' pay linked to performance in the classroom, giving head teachers more flexibility with salaries.
Changes have also been made to public sector pensions.
Unions believe this will affect the quality of teaching and the number of people deciding to join the profession.
The strikes have been criticised as although 83.4 per cent of members across England were in favour of strikes, 27 per cent of members actually voted.
Parents have also been angered by the action, many of whom are having to take time off work to look after their children.
Essex reporters will be Tweeting updates from striking teachers, affected parents and politicians.
See below for updates, and if you want to have your say, include #essexstrikes in your Tweet.
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