Teachers set to go on strike

Todmorden High School
Todmorden High School

Both of the upper Calder Valley’s high schools will be affected by strike action next week.

Todmorden High and Calder High are among many schools which will be forced to close their doors on Wednesday, March 26, due to strike action called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Todmorden High School will be closed to all students on Wednesday.

Calder High, in Mytholmroyd, will be closed to Years seven, eight, nine and ten.

But the school will be open for students in Years 11, 12 and 13 as they continue to prepare for their exams.

Primary schools could also be affected.

The strike has been called due to the union’s concerns about excessive workload and bureaucracy, performance-related pay and pension changes.

Sue McMahon, Calderdale NUT divisional secretary, said: “We are sorry to inconvenience parents.

“But we are standing up for education, ourselves and the children we teach.

“By not striking, it would cause greater damage to the education system.

“We are frustrated at the refusal by the Education Secretary Michael Gove to sit down and discuss the new proposals with the unions.”

NUT members across the country will walk out of work next week.