Pupils to stay home as strikes hit

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HUNDREDS of pupils in Dacorum will face disruption when teachers go on strike on Thursday (June 30).

A majority of schools across the borough are likely to be affected when teachers join a national strike over changes to their pension plans.

Teachers belonging to trade unions, including the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) make up a large proportion of staff at schools across the county and it is thought that a majority of schools could be fully or partly closed when the strike comes into force.

Broadfield Primary School in Windmill Road, Hemel Hempstead, is just one school being affected by the strike.

A total of 11 teachers have opted to take action, meaning that only classes in Years 1, 2, and 3 will be running.

Headteacher Matthew Heasman said: “I have respect for the teachers who are striking and I’m very grateful that they gave a week’s advance notice which made organisation so much easier.

“We are a close-knit community here at the school and it’s very important to keep that unity in place.”

Pick up a copy of this week’s Gazette for more.