Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union will be taking strike action on Thursday December 12 at five schools across England run by the National Autistic Society (NAS).

The schools affected are Sybil Elgar in Ealing, West London, Helen Allison in Meopham, Kent, Radlett Lodge in Radlett, Hertfordshire, Robert Ogden in Rotherham and Broomhayes in Devon.

The action is being taken in response to the forced imposition by the NAS of new contracts which will significantly deteriorate the terms and conditions of teachers at the schools including levels of pay and sick pay entitlements.

Those refusing to sign the new contract have been threatened with dismissal.

NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said: “The Union has done everything possible to seek to avoid strike action, unfortunately the employer has not been prepared to listen.

“Our members are being forced to sign new contracts which will be detrimental to their conditions of service and have been placed under threat of dismissal.

“These are dedicated teachers who educate and care for pupils with very complex and specific needs. These children are entitled to teachers whose pay and conditions attract and retain highly specialised staff and enable them to focus on teaching and learning.

“We deeply regret any disruption to pupils and parents but the teachers are concerned about the implications of the changes on the provision of high-quality education for all pupils in the future.”

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