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Teachers to strike over class violence

STAFF at a Solihull school are going to take strike action over fears of increasing violence in the classroom.

STAFF at a Solihull school are going to take strike action over fears of increasing violence in the classroom.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) says that “grave concerns” about the safety of pupils and staff at Lanchester School have gone unanswered.

Since September last year, students have been restrained 62 times and unions say that their members are threatened on a daily basis.

Rob Kelsall, the NUT’s regional officer, said that council plans to reduce staffing levels would make matters worse.

“The local authority has said it needs to save something like £300,000 at Lanchester,” he told the Solihull News.

“It will make a bad situation worse. This is a school that needs sufficient resources to protect very vulnerable pupils.”

Castle Bromwich based Lanchester, which teaches children with behavioural difficulties, has had three principals in the last two years.

The NUT has called on Solihull Council to introduce more safeguards and drop plans for job-cuts.

Nine teachers will join support staff, represented by the GMB, for a one-day strike on Tuesday.

In a statement, education bosses said the action was disappointing and that safety at the school was “paramount”.

The council added that a new executive principal had been appointed and a number of changes made.

 

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