Members of both the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT are picketing the entrance to the Littlehampton Academy today (April 17) ahead of further walkouts in the coming weeks.
The unions decided on the strike action after “months” of complaints over “excessive micro-management” and “bullying” .
Or ‘normal practice for private companies’, in other words. This apparently taking the form of performance management.
Speaking to The Argus, NUT representative Dave Thomas said that teachers were unable to do their jobs due to intensive classroom inspections.
He said: “We have been hearing for many weeks that staff have been subjected to excessive classroom inspections.
“It is impossible for them to do their job with someone constantly at the back of the room with a clipboard.”
Really? Why? Are they distracted by the noise of pen on paper? Are they intimidated by his ability to spell and punctuate correctly?
The unions suggest that three inspections per academic year is the maximum. However, Mr Thomas said that teachers at the academy were being inspected on a monthly if not weekly basis.
I think it’s the people paying you to perform a job who’ll decide how many inspections are needed, Mr Thomas…