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Schools close in Bromley as teachers strike

PUBLISHED: 12:15 28 March 2012

Teaching at schools and colleges across Bromley was disrupted by a teachers' strike today, leaving one school closed and many partly shut.

Glebe School for children with special needs, in West Wickham, shut its doors to pupils on Wednesday 28 when teachers walked out to protest increased pension contributions and later retirement ages.

A total of 29 schools in the borough were partly closed on the day.

Only members of the National Union of Teachers and University and College Union were involved in the strike, which was called in response to the latest government changes in the ongoing dispute.

Bromley NUT representative, Auriel Downs, said the decision to strike was not taken lightly.

She said: “Working longer for less money isn’t going to make teaching attractive.

“But I wouldn’t say that teachers in Bromley are as militant as in some other London boroughs.”

Most schools in the borough are running as normal during the strike and in partially closed schools, classes for pupils about to take exams are prioritised.

To see a full list of affected schools, visit the Bromley council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk.

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