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Press Release Friday 1st March 2024.

Members of the main teachers' union, NASUWT from the 3 Middle Schools covering the Berwick Partnership, Tweedmouth Middle School, Berwick Middle School and Glendale Middle School, met yesterday evening to discuss Northumberland County Councils plan to close all 3 schools middle schools. 

 

The Council have decided to close the Middle Schools that Ofsted have graded as good and are highly successful in an attempt to improve the educational outcomes for children attending Berwick Academy. Berwick Academy is awaiting the outcome of a recent Ofsted visit. 

 

The closures put all 142 staff in the Middle Schools at risk of losing their jobs with only 60 jobs available to apply for after the restructure of education in the Berwick Partnership.

 

John Hall NASUWT National Executive Member said "NASUWT members have unanimously voted that they are prepared to take industrial action if Northumberland County Council continues to ignore their legitimate concerns about their jobs. ​The Council needs to reconsider their plans ensuring their duty of care to staff. No teacher should be forced from their job when nationally there is a teacher recruitment and retention crisis".

 

Steve Bird, NASUWT Northumberland Secretary said "Our members are angry with the County Council who consistently failed to properly consult with trade unions regarding their plans. The Governors of the schools and Headteachers have been supportive and we believe that they too want the Council to deal with this situation in a much better way" .

 

NASUWT have written to David Street, Northumberland County Council's Director of Education requesting an urgent meeting as the Council have failed to negotiate with the Unions. If progress is not made then strike action is inevitable in the summer term and beyond .

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