Teachers to take industrial action across East Yorkshire
TEACHERS across East Yorkshire will refuse to carry out a string of tasks as part of industrial action.
The teachers' action was announced by the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT, which collectively represent 85 per cent of state teachers.
It will begin on Wednesday, September 26, when a 25-point set of instructions will come into force in East Yorkshire schools.
Instructions include producing only one annual written report to parents, refusing to take part in mock inspections, not covering for absence and not supervising pupils during lunchtime.
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The unions also want the amount of teacher observation cut to allow them to do their job.
Adrian Joice, secretary of the Hull branch of the NASUWT, said: "We are looking at teachers' workload and trying to get a system in place where teachers have time to teach rather having to do all the extras that are demanded of them.
"It is about teachers concentrating on teaching.
"It is not work to rule, it's work to contract.
"Teachers do a lot of extra hours and one of the points of the action we are taking is to get rid of the extra and unnecessary paperwork."
The action, short of strike action, is designed specifically to tackle the issues of excessive teacher workload and defend pay and conditions of service.
The unions say their action is being taken in a manner which is pupil and parent-friendly.
Teachers who volunteer to take on extra-curricular activities and have not been forced to can carry on offering doing so.
Extracurricular activities include school teams, music and drama productions and clubs.
Those taking part in the action must inform the head in writing if they will no longer be running the activity.
NASUWT members have been taking part in action since December.
NUT members voted 91.6 per cent in favour of the action.
The NUT turnout was 27 per cent – down from 40 per cent in a similar ballot last year.
It is unclear how many teachers will heed the instructions.
The unions say teachers had been calling for Education Secretary Michael Gove to resolve the ongoing dispute but no progress had been made addressing their concerns.
Mr Joice said: "It is up to Michael Gove how long this goes on.
"If the Government does not respond, they may not be elected the next time around.
"There are so many pressures on teachers and so many teachers under extreme stress.
"If teachers are worn out then they won't want to stay in the profession."